Is it not true that we are living in the age of impatience? I dare you to get in a car during rush hour (or any hour) in any major city (or suburb) and enjoy yourself. I dare you to read for more than twenty minutes in one sitting. I dare you to stand in line at CVS or Walgreens and not look at your phone. I dare you to watch a movie that doesn’t involve death, violence, or sex, or another form of immediate-gut-instinct-reaction. I dare you to sit somewhere outside and watch leaves move in the breeze, or watch the late afternoon sunlight and the birds that hunt for dinner. Watch nature for more than five minutes if you can. Forget about the sports talk and the sports world and, if you’re a Patriots fan, you’re disappointment with Sunday’s outcome.
When it comes to sports, the age of impatience is undeniable. Every fan wants every trade to happen every day. Every owner wants every coach fired during every losing streak…well, except for Gregg Popovich, who has been coaching the Spurs since 1996, and who has the unconditional love of all Spurs fans. You might think that Doc Rivers has earned the trust of all Celtics fans. After taking the Celtics to the NBA Finals twice in a three year span (2007-2010), and within one game of the Finals last year, Rivers not only has earned the respect of the players he coaches, but the front office as well. Rivers, who has coached more NBA games (among active coaches) than everyone except for George Karl, Rick Adelman, and Popovich, is frustrated with the current edition of these Celtics. Unlike the recent golden age that ended in 2010, these Celtics are flawed, imperfect, inconsistent, and generally closer to the average NBA team than we have become accustomed to. At least that’s one version of events, the quick and easy analysis that points to their 20-20 record, and spouts the cliche “You are what your record says you are.”
What they are is still yet to be determined, which is troubling in and of itself. Just when we began to see what we thought was this team’s true identity (six-game win streak after Bradley’s return where they won due easily on several occasions due to their defensive intensity), the Celtics have dropped three in a row.
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