As an Ohioan, it was especially difficult to watch the Cavs go down so hard this post season. Ignoring any internal issues the Cavaliers might have contributed to their demise (read: Delonte getting with Lebron’s Mom), the Celtics appeared to have finally find their stride when it mattered. It is difficult to imagine a team only a year removed from their last championship needing to find its stride, but the aging Celtics found themselves sputtering throughout the season- especially in the fourth quarter.
As one player on the Celtics emerged, it seemed as if the entire dynamic of the team had changed.
Rondo was proving himself on the biggest stage, all the while taking some of the leagues most celebrated players on his back and carrying them to the NBA finals.
Something changed about the entire dynamic of the media coverage as well. Rondo was deemed the center-piece of the playoffs. From that point on, we, as a captive audience, were constantly barraged with montage after montage, interview after interview, about how Rondo had become the bona-fide leader of the Celtics. I’ve heard the exact same sentiment from sports pundits, radio hosts, former players, to the teammates he is supposedly replacing as leaders, and even forcing Rajon himself to admit he is the figurehead of the next era in Celtic basketball.
In the world of sports today, drama is a necessity. I suppose this year’s “storyline” just doesn’t do it for me.
Which is funny, because the basketball is great.