CSNNE's Jessica Camerato has an excellent piece on Keyon Dooling that discusses his personal life struggles, his reasons for retirement, his role as mentor for so many, dealing with expectations and how he feels about the Celtics.
It's great read and I recommend it highly. One of the more interesting little things that slips in is this comment by KD:
"I just gave out too much and I wasn’t getting enough back . . . [With] the exception of the Celtics organization, nobody ever truly appreciated me until this year."
I found that little comment interesting in itself. As fans, its easy to want to always think of our team as 'special'. We talk up the mystique and the legacy and the professional culture of our team as being 'better' than other teams. That they 'do things right' and treat people right. But you can't readily know that's true. After all, wouldn't fans of other teams think that as well?
So it is compelling to see that innocuous little statement by KD, acknowledging that the Celtics really worked better for him as a person, more than the other organizations he's been with.