So I'm catching up on parts of games I've missed over the last couple of weeks, and on two different occasions, the most recent being last night, the camera closes in on Rajon Rondo, and I notice that his headband is upside down. Upside down? You respond. Lex, how can a green-colored headband have a right-side up or a wrong-side down? Because the headband has the NBA logo on it, a logo that depicts former Laker player, coach, and GM Jerry West. Rondo wears the headband so West is standing on his head.
Back when the Lakers and Celtics met for the first time during the KG Era in November of 2007, I sent Messieurs Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett a little missive, providing them with a brief history lesson on the subject of purple versus green. My point was that we needed to send the purple, and Purple Nation, a message. They did just that, dominating the Zen Mistress and the Fakers on the parquet. A month later, the Celtics repeated the feat at Staples.
A lot has happened since those two regular-season games were played. The green humiliated the purple in the 2007 NBA Finals, and the Lakers bloodied our noses the next year by sweeping the season series on their way to championship #15. Paul Pierce began this season by saying he had four games circled on his calendar, two of them were against the Lakers.
This rivalry is at a pivotal moment in its storied history. We lead by two championships, but Kobe Bryant is young enough to win three more before he retires. The last thing Wycliffe Grousbeck, Danny Ainge, or Doc Rivers want is to be at the helm in the unlikely event the Lakers were to overtake us. The players get it, too. I've chronicled the dislike between these two teams on several occasions.
It says here Rondo intentionally wears his headband in this fashion to show the purple no respect. I'll spare the profanity for this post. But let me just say this blog salutes Rajon's "fashion" statement.