Boston media is in a quandary, which they frequently identify as duck soup. Players came to Boston for the dirty water, but find only dirty media members.
We hesitate to call them journalists.
Once again, a free agent deadline has passed in NBA wheeling and dealing, and the media has blamed Danny Ainge of the Celtics for not bringing in big bodies to a depleted and cursed franchise.
Two men have fallen with heart conditions, and others seem lucky to have an occasional high ankle sprain.
Media has pointed its fickle finger everywhere at the notion that nobody of merit wants to play in Boston. Team after team in every sport seems to suffer the indignity of player rejection, despite rafters filled with banners of champions.
If a player can nix a deal to Boston, he will.
The fault does not lie in Boston, dear Media, but in yourselves.
Yes, the rabid, overly critical, vicious, smear-oriented Boston blabbers of radio, as well as TV haranguers, and Internet/newspaper tigers have driven the best out of the Boston market.
Look not to the stars, Boston Media Mavens, but look at your own 24-hour cycles of constant needling, cooking up crank and fake stories and obsessing over them for weeks on end.
No sane athlete wants to play in Boston, but the local media won't admit it is their attitude, not the fans, not the front office, not the racial conditions, not the cold weather, and certainly not the money.
The problem can be identified as a 600-pound gorilla, going by the name of Comcast or NESN, or slash and burn antics of the two major newspapers in town. The media vampires don't ever look in the mirror.
Boston fans should not expect any acts of contrition soon. As long as there are controversies to manufacture, the insiders will find a way to turn everything inside out.