This article might not add to my popularity, what with the majority of Celtic Nation seemingly pleased at the return of Delonte West. Jeff Clark goes as far as calling him a prodigal son. That would imply West will learn from his mistakes and not hamper our delicate team chemistry Jeff – let’s hope your prediction is right.
Celtics fans – at least the ones who make up the online community – come off as bi-polar when it comes to players, particularly guards, coming into the team. There isn’t anyone in particular to blame for this because everyone does it.
Even Wyc Grousbeck.
What am I talking about? Well, I won’t site specific sites or articles because I’m not a confrontational person, and like I said no one specific is at fault. I’m at fault right now for writing this article that will soon be trashing the acquisition of Delonte.
Everyone was throwing up “uh ohs” when we brought over Nate Robinson – because his feisty personality…and the fact that he played in New York and just might be a selfish player and seems like he has an attitude (all four of those things can easily describe the beloved Eddie House) immediately meant he would wreck team chemistry instantly and not be able to contribute in the playoffs.
You were wrong. See here.
So let’s get real – everyone trashed Sebastian Telfair, who has virtually the same career numbers as Delonte, when he was caught speeding with a pistol in his vehicle. Telfair, who publicly said all the right things, supports 17 family members with his salary, and was a model citizen in the middle of a poor Brooklyn neighborhood as a teenager (watch Through the Fire if you want a good dose of inspiration) gets slammed by some members of the Celtics community for driving 77mph on the highway (as if none of us Mass. Drivers would dare hit the 70 range on the highway) and having a gun in the car. I’m not going to justify his actions, but let’s be honest here – driving fast as a rich 21 year old isn’t exactly abnormal. When you grow up in poverty surrounded in gun violence – carrying a gun yourself in your new Range Rover is part of your instinct, and normal to anyone who has grown up in that kind of circumstance.
You know what’s not normal?
Riding a motorcycle with a Beretta, Magnum, and Remington shotgun concealed in your guitar case. That’s what Delonte West did this time last year, at the age of 26, and there is a HUGE difference between 21 and 26.
But he looks like a leprechaun, kind of, and he says funny shit during interviews – so let’s turn a blind eye. Are you serious? Are you kidding me? What is wrong with you people! I understand that he may be mentally unstable, which is not his fault, and he will be undergoing therapy etc…but that is no excuse to act like hypocrites.
I’m talking to you specifically Wyc Grousbeck. You went as far as to remove Telfair’s locker before he was ever proven guilty of anything, yet you’re okay with this signing? You weren’t pissed at the gun – you were just pissed Sebastian didn’t reach his touted potential from high school. Admit it.
And you know what? I wouldn’t even be that upset if Delonte could do one thing – play defense. He can’t though, Delonte can’t play defense, and he’s undersized. Marquis Daniels can’t play defense. Von Wafer plays as much defense as a Vanilla Wafer dropped in a glass of milk. Pierce can guard LeBron, but who’s going to guard Wade? No one. Don’t tell me Ray can do it, because he can’t be effective on both ends of the floor in the same game anymore, especially not for 40 minutes.
I would have signed Larry Hughes or Jerry Stackhouse before West without hesitation. Also, Danny, you’re going to tell me it’s really that hard to get Posey back from New Orleans?
Delonte West, in my opinion, takes us a step backwards. What am I going to do though? I’m going to support him, and I’m going to hope counseling helps his personal life and decision making, and I’m going to hope he fits into the system. Celtics Pride and Ubuntu mean supporting the team – that means everyone.
Let’s stop hating on our own players for illegitimate reasons and personal vibes we get about their characteristics when we don’t actually know them – and let’s not praise a player’s arrival whose actions have been much worse and not admit hypocrisy.
He’s here – so hope for the best but be ready for the worst.
At least here, though, as part of the blogging community, we can contain ourselves. Calling someone “coocoo” on television and making a hand gesture along with it – about someone who may have a social/mental illness – is disgusting, Andy Gresh.
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