Our aging stars are moving as if in the terminal stages of arthritis--slow, awkward, and painfully. They are invited to the All-Star game based as much if not more on past glories than on current production. Their final games before the festivities they perform abysmally. Yet, they eagerly attend this mid-winter celebration of And-1 hoops rather than politely declining to take the encore bow to their careers. To me this flies in the face of reason.
Pierce and Garnett appear to desperately need some recovery time to try and squeeze one more title run out of their high-mileage bodies. Their several and ongoing maladies have robbed them of their effectiveness and in the week leading up to the All-Star game rather than elite they appeared below average. I'm sure they would categorize the week as gutting-it-up and if they can play regular season games why shouldn't they take one last lap in the hoopla parade? Well because your play is hurting your team, you need the rest and rehab time, and your egos should have been overruled by your superego who had to be crying "take the time off and get your act together."
This pair of warriors have held my admiration for a decade but this week's decision making was just wrong. I won't watch the weekend's dog-and-pony show. I seldom do because it smacks of an ESPN-highlight media event rather than basketball. This time it will just be sad, very very sad.