Hey blog world-
Been a long time. I’ve been beyond neglectful of my blog and that sucks. But this whole Celtics-Clippers-Doc Rivers-KG mess calls me back to action.
Here’s a luxury of being a fan and blogging- I can be just that: a fan. I don’t need to concern myself with the business side. This isn’t about money or contracts or any of those kinds of logistics. This is about this franchise.
I’ve always felt being a Celtics fan is different than being a fan of any other team. I wasn’t really alive during the Celtics heyday, but I grew up on this team. The history of this team is what distinguishes this franchise from any other. There’s supposed to be a Celtics culture. It’s about heart, grit, determination and loyalty. It’s about being proud to be on the team and being honored to wear the jersey. At least that’s the story I’ve been fed and have gladly gobbled up for my entire life. I’m enormously dedicated to this team. I don’t care if it makes me sound like a loser or some kind of weirdo. I really don’t care- I love this team more than most things. I know that my friends don’t get it. They just kind of accept the fact that if there’s a game on, I’m not going anywhere, and that roughly 60 percent of what I want to talk about is Celtics related.
So maybe that’s why this whole situation has been so difficult for me. It’s all been so decidedly NOT-Celtic like. In my mind, Doc Rives and Kevin Garnett are Celtics to the bone. Doc has been the ultimate coach. I can’t even adequately put in to words what he’s meant. There’s the obvious, things like his genius for drawing up plays out of the huddle. But I’m not talking about the X’s and O’s. I guess I’m talking about winning a championship with a green Rajon Rondo at the point, and about him grabbing Paul Pierce and telling him he loves him. I’m talking about 5 seasons of flawlessly coached-injury plagued teams since that championship. I’m talking about his ability to make me believe in this team, regardless of the injuries or the competition. I felt like no matter who was on the floor, with Doc coaching, winning is always an option. I thought he was right there with me, and I think that now that it’s become apparent that he’s not, it feels like the wool was pulled over my eyes and that shit hurts.
And Kevin Garnett- I don’t even know. I’d like to believe he wants to stay, and that he wants to retire as a Celtic. He’s only been here since 2007, but it feels like a lifetime. I so deeply admire his passion and dedication. His ability to torment opponents brings me so much joy. He has made trash talking and swearing an art. He’s a future hall of famer and I don’t want that wisdom and mentoring to be brought to another team. Whatever all those tangibles are, those secret ingredients of what makes someone a Celtic? I’m confident that he is the embodiment of every single one of them, and then 20 more, because he’s just that amazing. He belongs here.
I don’t even think I’m emotionally prepared to touch on Paul Pierce. I don’t know what this deal would mean for him, but I can’t help but imagine that it would be the end for him. I was in 6th grade when Paul Pierce was drafted. I just graduated with my Masters Degree. I’ve literally grown up with him. I can’t imagine him not being in a green and white jersey, and frankly just the thought of that is enough to break my heart. If the culture of the Celtics is all a farce like I feel it is right now, Paul Pierce’s dedication to this team is the one thing that is true. He’s given this team everything he’s had. I feel like the English language fails me, because I don’t know how to explain what Paul Pierce means to me. The easiest way to say it is this. I love Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett. But Paul Pierce is literally like family. I love the guy and I always will. It feels like some kind of crisis of identity, the thought of him not being here. Hopefully there are other Celtics fans feeling this way, so I can have some kind of reassurance that I haven’t completely lost my mind. But if I have, hey. That’s cool. People not concerned with sanity are the smartest ones :)