This season sucks. Next year, perhaps, might suck a little less, at least according to Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
Here’s Boston.com’s Gary Washburn:
“I think this June there could be some fireworks. I think this June we’ve got so many pieces to this puzzle that we might be able to shake loose a real piece or two for this team going forward. So I’m hoping it’s sooner rather than later.”
Of course, the only holdover from the 2008 championship team is point guard Rajon Rondo, whose contract expires after the 2014-15 season and has been the subject of trade rumors the past two years. Grousbeck did not hide his admiration for the four-time All-Star.
“He’s loved right here, from my seat on the court,” Grousbeck said. “I love the guy. I love his championship ring when he was the young kid. I love his growth. It reminds me of Paul Pierce. Growing from the moments in his younger days and making progress towards being an all-time Celtic and a leader. I am always hopeful that a guy like that is going to stay around.”
Grousbeck is by all accounts a fiery, competitive owner; someone willing to fire back when Sacramento’s ownership takes a shot at Boston’s tanking strategy. So it’s not a surprise that he would prefer a one-year rebuild. The biggest question: Can Boston build a potential championship roster, or at least get close enough to start winning as much as possible, in 12 months? And if they can’t, will Grousbeck be willing to step back and endure another season like this one?
All signs point to yes. One of the biggest reasons the New York Knicks have struggled so badly in recent years is their owner James Dolan. Although Steve Mills has been their general manager by title, Dolan is known to be hands on to the point of tyranny to the massive detriment of his team.
Grousbeck, from what we’ve seen, is far more likely to allow Danny Ainge to make the necessary roster moves to rebuild the team, especially now that Danny Ainge has had experience building a roster from scratch. Grousbeck even comments on the potential for a multi-year rebuild in the article: “I’ve got confidence that with all these picks and these young guys and our willingness to spend money, that we can get there. We’re a patient group. We will take a multiyear plan if that’s what it takes.”
This is good news. The Celtics aren’t trying to build like the Knicks — putting a cheap band-aid on a gaping wound while blood pours out the side. They are trying to build a team that can make real playoff runs, and if that requires multiple years, it’s good to hear that Wyc is on board.
It’s also good to hear there may be fireworks in June, though. Rebuilding sucks.
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