Q&A with Boston Celtics brass
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck talk about the upcoming season with USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt:
Question:What do you think of your team?
Ainge: “Through exhibition season, our team is trying to figure out who we are. I have a lot of confidence in Coach (Doc) Rivers. The All-Stars here are the constants of our team and provide leadership. We have veteran guys. We’ve added some guys who are in the prime of their careers – Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass, who was with us last year, Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox, guys in the their late 20s, early 30s. We’ve added a few young guys, too.”
Q: It seemed the window for a title was closing on this group. But you made moves. Does opportunity still exist?
Ainge: “Those were legitimate questions about the window on the team. But Paul Pierce had a great March and April last season before he twisted and tweaked his knee and wasn’t the same in the playoffs. He was the player of the month in March and great in April. KG (Kevin Garnett) was one of the best big men in the league all year last season, including the playoffs. They certainly showed that the window is not closing on them.
“We’ve added depth this year, and that depth should take a little bit of pressure off them and prolong their ability to be good players in Celtics uniforms.”
Q: How important is the Celtics’ ownership group to the team’s success?
Ainge: “Having ownership that’s been with this team for 10 years and shown a willingness to win and to do what it takes to win and spend the money it takes is enormous in the success of the Boston Celtics. This ownership group has been unbelievable. That is way bigger than ever gets recognizes. Everyone sort of blows that off. It’s crucial.
“The second thing is, Doc Rivers is a great coach and a great leader and players like playing for Doc.
“Third, we have a team that is selfless and has a desire to play for one another and plays to win.