I come from Europe. Over here when a player joins a team he becomes a part of the family, fans grow on him as he grows on the fans. When he plays bad, the reaction is "coach gotta get something done with that guy" or "it's his bad day" but he's still supported. It's never "SELL HIM, SELL HIM FAST!" (trades are very rare over the pond, basketball market is the same as football, or as you prefer to call it - soccer, markets). But never mind, put this aside for now, and try seeing my point here. Starting to follow NBA again in 2006 with a few years of utter disbelief after the Sacramento incident of 2002, I chose the Celtics because it was the only team that didn't look like they were just looking to get all the media attention and the self proclaimed best players in the sport, but actually trying to play the perfect basketball.
Our beloved Jeff wrote an article today (or yesterday, I'm still confused by the timestamp) about the possibility of Rondo getting traded. Of course, it started the old rumors about trading him for CP. The reaction of you people, who spent days, even weeks praising Rondo, glorifying him after his sacrificial moves to score a single basket, often risking or getting an injury, and playing through them (YES I HAD TO MENTION IT) because of his unselfish play just because he loves the team that drafted him and gave him a chance to become one of the best basketball minds of today, was, by the majority of the voters, to trade him for some ball-hog as the best option for the C's.
Alright, let's put aside the fact Rondo knows the system and fits it quite perfectly, all those stories about him having an incredible basketball IQ, amazing defensive skills, weird look in his eyes, knows the system (yeah), is a player who sees what no other player in the NBA can see, and think what can CP do for us. Keep the ball, shoot, drive and finish with layups, dribble and pass. Keeping the ball is something that isn't a quality we need in new players as it's always Pierce's (or Garnett's, depends on the situation) job. Shooting? ON WHAT PLANET DOES A TEAM CAPTAIN WANT TO BE REPLACED AS THE LEAD SCORER? If Pierce, KG, Ray and Jermaine aren't enough, it's Danny's fault we don't have a bench. Layups is something that Rondo is unstoppable at as we've all witnessed. Dribble, again, never been Rondo's job, although we've seen him light up the games, win the games by himself, and make fun of his opponents on numerous occasions, often in important playoff games such as versus Cleveland and Orlando, and passing is something he's the best at. Keep the stats for yourselves, please, stats are the most irrelevant thing in basketball and some of you can't live without them.
So, to cut the crap. Basically, the group of players that got us the first championship in the last 25 years (or whatever, I don't care when we won the previous one, my grandfather was still alive jeez), is now nothing to us? Are the players machines, or computer programs? Don't they mean a thing to us anymore until we see them explode on other teams and cry for Danny to bring them back? Trade the best 3pt shooter in the game (referring to Ray Allen trade, just to remind you of his 'replies' on the trade ideas last year)? Trade a player we have all cherished and deified at least five times in the last few years? Just to get CP3? Perkins mistake was bearable, but I ask you this, would you really forgive yourselves after Chris Paul didn't click, our core got annoyed and bored of chemistry related issues and we became the laughing stock of the world (the laughter has already begun), while seeing Rondo struggle emotionally and basketball wise in some God forsaken clubs like New Orleans or Clippers?
We got the same goal, guys, more banners. Changing the critical and vital players of the team won't do it.
*edit, there were two of the same paragraphs ("Starting to follow NBA again in 2006...")