I agree, pearljammer. It is also hard to listen to others who hope for higher ping pong balls, when you really do not agree with the tank mentality. I don't remember this wish for failure even during the lean years before KG/RA. I remember still cheering for the team to improve and win. I remember some who were dead set against losing Al Jefferson (the future) and others at that time. I also remember travelling to 2007 Las Vegas to cheer for rookies Big Baby Davis and (I think it was) Gabe Pruitt play. Fun trip. Now people are very vocal in their quest for the bottom...Is there another business that thinks the way to the top is to bottom out?
I have been angry with players (notably BBD) but I can never remember hoping for their failure while they were a member of the Celtics.
before this year, i've never rooted for a tank either. But I think the main difference between this year and the lean years before the big 07 offseason was the type of players we had. It was easy to root for the guys in 07 because I honestly thought a lot of our young guys then had promise, particularly Big Al, TA, DWest, Gomes, Rondo and G-money. Those guys made it easy to not root for losses. Plus, we had the Truth, my favorite player.
Compare that with this year's roster where instead of Paul Pierce, we have Rondo. RR is definitely an allstar but unlike Pierce, he has glaring holes in his game which make me uncomfortable building the franchise around him.
The only up and coming "youngsters" who I like are Sully and Bradley (who i like simply because i like defensive guards). Meanwhile, the rest of the roster feels like just a bunch of contracts and spare parts who aren't here for the long term, including Hump, Bass, Crash, Green, Pressey, Vitor, Bayless and Bogans. KO is ok, but i'm not a fan of him either.
it's hard to get emotionally invested in players who you think will likely be gone soon. Meanwhile in 07, it seemed like the course was the "develop the young guys" because they were here for the long haul.
Just my 2 cents