Celtics New Motto: Patience
When the Celtics parted with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a blockbuster trade, they were left with a huge rebuilding job focused on three areas.
Offense, defense and patience.
‘‘It’s probably one of the top words in our vocabulary going through the season,’’ said forward Jeff Green, one of seven holdovers from last season’s team that lost in the first round of the playoffs. ‘‘We have patience. I think people outside of our circle need to have patience — fans, media. I mean, you can’t get perfection overnight.’’
With [Brad] Stevens signed to a six-year contract, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is willing to absorb some tough times while adding young players. The Celtics have nine first-round draft picks in the next five years — two each in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 and one in 2017.
So Stevens knows he must be patient.