The recent spate of hagiographic articles in support of first KG, then Bill Russell (and wasn't there some of that on Ray too?), got me thinking about the meaning of heroes, how we seem to need them, and want to 'worship' them. And as I thought about the subject in the context of this particular team -- the Celtics -- I realized that on THIS team, there are no heroes. More than that, heroes are deliberately avoided by the Celtics. If Doc has his way, there'd be no 'hero ball', ever, and there'd be no heroes on the team either.
What does "Ubuntu" mean anyway, if not -- at least in part -- that 'there are no heroes here.' There is only the team, and it must work as a unit, a smoothly running machine with one goal shared by all.
If the Celtics themselves do not want heroes on their team, how does it make sense for us fans to go looking for them? Or invent them? Or worship them?
I want this team to win the championship this year. To do that, I think the team believes it needs to eliminate heroism, not celebrate it. Why don't we fans follow that mode too... and quit looking for heroes.