Rajon Rondo Calls Boston Celtics' 50-Loss Season 'A Little Déjà Vu'

Jim CavanContributor IMarch 30, 2014

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) wipes his face with his jersey in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers looking for solace amidst the team’s lost season can at least rely on a little bit of Schadenfreude: The Boston Celtics have been almost as bad.

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.

In fact, only one current Celtic was around for the dog days before Boston’s 17th championship banner.

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:

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.

Somehow I don’t think fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers or Utah Jazz can summon crocodile tears on your behalf, Boston*.


*A city that has hosted eight championship parades since 2002.