After watching his top lieutenants speak to the media last night, Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck spoke this morning on Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM) in Boston. In another candid interview, Grousbeck made a number of remarks on Doc’s departure to the Clippers, expressing disappointment, while thanking Rivers for his service. Grousbeck also speaks to future moves in the coming days, the coaching search, as well as reports of a riff between Rajon Rondo and Rivers.
On his relationship with Doc: “I talked to Doc the other day. I said, ‘Look, we’re all square. You’ve given us your heart and soul for nine years; we’ve given you a lot of support. I feel great about it. And I took some of your money on the golf course, buddy. So, we’re all good.’
“But I don’t feel he owes us more. I don’t feel he owes us the next three years. I think he’s entitled to take a look at the next three years. And he left in a way and on terms that got us some benefit back. So, I don’t feel misused or that we’re not even. I think we’re even. I just would have been willing to go forward with Doc. And now that we’re not — actually, it’s energized Danny. He’s got a list of coaching candidates — which we’re not going to discuss today. But he’s got a list of guys. He’s got a new spring in his step. And it’s energized Danny to rebuild, which is what’s necessary.”
Added Grousbeck: “I think Doc and we are even. I think those nine years, if you had told me this is how the nine years were going to go when we signed him, I would have been thrilled. I’m very happy with how it went. And we’re even.”
On rebuilding the Celtics: “Building these things is why we’re here,” he said. “We’re not here just to enjoy the years when everything goes right. When you own a team, what you’re asking to do is have the right to build it and be proud of it when it goes well. So, we’ve got some building to do. And it’s going to start now. That doesn’t mean everybody’s gone. It means we’re looking at what we have and looking hard at it and figuring out who’s going to coach the team and who’s going to be playing for the team.
On report of a locker room conflict between Rondo and Doc: “There’s a lot of stuff that goes on in the locker room that’s not reported,” Grousbeck said. “Anything to do with Rondo and Doc is just one of many incidents that happened in the 10 years we’ve been here, all around the league.
“I am belittling it, I guess, but there it is. I’m belittling it. I don’t think that has much to do with this. I think Doc wanted to coach the Clippers roster and have a better chance near term of a ring. I don’t think he wanted to rebuild with us I think he wanted to make his win-loss record better. And that’s what it is with coaches. They’re talent. They’re not management. Coaches are talent. They’re basically players who have retired. And certainly in Doc’s case he’s a player, he retired as a player, he became a coach, and he’s very conscious of right here and now. Whereas Danny and we are looking to the future, and that’s our job.”
Be sure to check out the full interview over at Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM).