Celtics brass tempers expectations for the season – Boston Globe
DEDHAM — The Celtics had high hopes of accelerating their rebuilding by adding a star — Kevin Love, perhaps.
That didn’t happen, obviously, so it’s not as though the higher-ups are over the moon about how they fared this offseason.
“I expected a lot of activity and phone calls and possibilities; we got all of those,” Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Tuesday morning before a Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at the Dedham Country and Polo Club.
“We didn’t consummate the major deal that I would’ve welcomed, to be honest. But we’ve got a lot of assets. And I like how we used our first-round picks.
“I’m not claiming to be the basketball guy, but what I see, just from my standpoint, is [James] Young and [Marcus] Smart both look like they can really add something to this team.
“I guess I always welcome a major deal in a sense because that’s what happened in ’07 and I have fond memories,” added Grousbeck, referencing the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that summer, moves that preceded the Celtics’ run to the 2008 NBA title.
“It’s not going to be easy to rebuild. I think we’re on that path. I think we’re going to be better this year than last year. That’s my hope. That’s my expectation. But we’ll have to let it play out.”
When asked if he felt satisfied with the team’s offseason, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said, “I don’t know about that.
“I feel like there were things that we wanted to do that we weren’t able to do. There were some things that were tempting that we didn’t do that I’m very glad we didn’t do.
“I like that we were able to get some things accomplished, although we weren’t able to get a big, big deal accomplished, like we wanted …read more