Rondo = Chump, addendum
I got to thinking on the whole “chump” thing. There is definitely more than the one on the Celtics. Rondo seems to be the high profile one. The other one is at the bottom of the roster…sort of.
See, he is on the roster, but really no longer welcome at the arena. Keith Bogans. Here’s a guy that has been in the league since 2003-2004. Been generally a bench player, though he has started 333 of 671 career games (a lot higher than I would have thought). 6.3ppg/2.7rpg/1.2apg career numbers, shooting 39% from the floor and 72% from the line. Pretty run of the mill, right? Maybe he plays some D, though I’ve never heard anyone rave about it to any degree.
2012-13 with the Nets his numbers were even lower than his career averages. At age 32, you probably had to believe his career was winding down. At least normal people would. You could get a 20 year old with potential to do what he does, right? For cheaper? I would think so.
For reasons only really smaaaaht people know, in order to make the huge KG/Pierce trade with the Celtics, the Nets had to re-sign Bogans to a 3 year deal for over 15 million bazookas and then include him in the trade to make the salaries match. Although the last 2 years are not guaranteed, $5,058,198.00 for 2013-14 ain’t so bad, no? Especially when the highest salary he has made for any single season was $2,565,000.00 in 2008-09 (salaries courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com)? Definitely not bad for an end of bench guy at the end of his career.
Apparently, Keith didn’t think so. The reality is that all he had to do was come over here and embrace his role as a “cagey veteran”. Provide some leadership. Guidance for the youngsters on the life and grind of an NBA season. Kind of be like an assistant coach essentially. Keep his mouth shut and cash his checks. It would be hard for me to believe the Celtics told him his role on this team would be otherwise.
But again, for some reason, he believed he was coming to Boston to play. Even though the C’s are rebuilding. Even though the C’s had a glut of younger, more talented shooting guards and small forwards. Even though he is a career long 10th man at best. Delusional I say. So this is where the “chump” part comes in. If the stories are to believed, and since a lot of them were coming from guys that around the team when they happened (broadcasters, etc.), I believe they are, Bogans started chirping about playing time. And then there was some sort of incident on the team bus. Bogans believed that “he had not been given an opportunity from Day One.” Of course he hadn’t, but he was silly to think an opportunity was ever coming! Shame on Ainge and/or Stevens if they told him when they got him he would have an opportunity, because they shouldn’t have. But the writing was on the wall all along and anyone could have seen that.
So they sent him home…and he gets to keep cashing the checks. Nice gig. Nice leadership. And the ironic thing is that he may have actually been playing meaningful minutes the last month or so with all the injuries. Have to believe he has hurt his future value, certainly for keeping this contract, but also for getting even a minimum salary one after this one is terminated. Happy Retirement Keith. Nice way to go out.
Side note: I can’t believe I just wasted about 600 words on Keith Freakin’ Bogans…