The Boston Celtics are becoming a version of the old family tale, Ordinary People.
You may not have cued the music for Pachelbel's Canon in D, but the Celtics seem to need a conductor for 'D' this season.
In Robert Redford's old movie, the film was supposed to take loveable Mary Tyler Moore and give her a hard edge on the big screen. In the 2012-13 Celtics, the team was supposed to take hard-edged Rajon Rondo and turn him into a loveable leader on the court.
The plot centered on a family that was beyond perfect, but was turned into an ordinary one overnight. It is sort of like the Celtics after Ray Allen jumped ship.
Everyone is trying to deal with this enormous loss. Some like KG ignored Ray when the Heat came to Boston. He removed Allen's number from the cell phone bank. Others have discussed Ray Allen often, not quite sure what to make of the situation.
A few even have insisted that Rondo harbored a deep-rooted death wish for Ray, but that is another movie.
Suffice it to say when a good team goes bad, there are ramifications for years to follow. One day the second Big Three of Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray will join hands in the clouds and walk through the pearly gates of the Hall of Fame-with little Rondo chasing after them.
Oh, no, wait, that's another movie altogether.
What we meant to say is that the Celtics have become this season an ordinary team. We should not expect much in either direction. Like the ordinary family in the Redford movie, this group is in mourning for their championship personality.
In the meantime, we wait to see if Rondo will win this year's Oscar.