In losing 107-102 to the Chicago Bulls Sunday night, the Celtics tallied their 50th L of the year—the first time that’s happened since 2007, the season before the fortune-altering arrivals of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.
This is the sixth 50-loss season in team history for the #celtics (1946-67) and first since 2006-07.— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) March 31, 2014
In fact, only one current Celtic was around for the dog days before Boston’s 17th championship banner.
Rondo: "it's a little déjà vu but I'm not discouraged at all."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 31, 2014
Rondo was lone #celtics player around for the 06-07 58-loss season. "I don't remember 06-07, honestly. I just remember I didn't play a lot."— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) March 31, 2014
I hate to be the Willy Word Police, Rajon Rondo, but how can you have déjà vu about something you immediately claim not to remember?
Let’s just all agree he remembers the general feeling of being on a bad basketball team but not the specifics—because, you know, professional athletes are supposed to have “short memories” and stuff.
Pretty sure this one might linger a little longer for Rondo, who at 28 years old has some big decisions to make in the coming months over how badly he wants to be part of Boston’s rebuilding efforts.
One guy we know will be around for the long haul is Cs coach Brad Stevens, who used the somewhat somber occasion to offer up a bit of boilerplate pop psychology:
Stevens: "I had a great coach tell me that the toughest times are the ones that form you. And I believe that."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 31, 2014
Was it Confucius? I bet it was Confucius.
Considering you’re the one who landed a six-year, $22 million contract to coach the most decorated team in NBA history without so much as a game of assistant-coaching experience in said association, I think we all have a few things to learn from you, Brad.
Besides, we’re guessing the landscape will look a bit sunnier once Boston cashes in on its three draft picks—including two first-rounders—in this June’s draft.
So yeah, there’s a good chance this is all a mere Rondo-déjà-vu interlude between two terrific runs for what remains—because this apparently warrants repeating—the most successful franchise in NBA history.
*A city that has hosted eight championship parades since 2002.