Owners can be a curse for fan bases. Thankfully were not the Dallas Cowboys. We cheer for the Boston Celtics, and the good news for us? The ownership group is truly about winning. They've opened their wallets in the past, and when the time comes. Wyc Grousbeck and the ownership group will sign the large checks again.
The Celtics owner touched on many topics when he joined CSNNE's Bob Neumeier at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Wyc spoke about giving the thumbs up on last summers big deal that sent Pierce and Garnett to the Nets. Along with Rondo and Boston's ability to attract big name free agents.
"Well it's a team effort over at the Celtics, not just me making the decisions," Grousbeck said. "But Danny felt pretty strongly that this was an extraordinary offer and so heard him out and talked to my partners and thought it through. It was a short time window, but we had been prepared or the concept of getting something for these guys. And enabling them to play together on what looked like a great team at the beginning of the year, Brooklyn, wasn't a small part of it. For me, to give them if you will a soft landing, it's always about the Celtics, but those guys will be Celtics for life."I want to take a guess and say that Wyc vetoed the Rondo trades this past trade deadline. Maybe I'm wrong, but numerous reports came out suggesting that the ownership group wanted Rondo to stay in Boston. Speaking of Rondo, Wyc touched on Rondo's free agency and the future of the C's point guard being long term.
"In a sense he already has been," Grousbeck said. "He's been here eight or nine years. I should get the number right, but it's one of those. I can't imagine the Celtics without him. It's challenging. There's a lot of interest in him. He's going to come up in a year on his free agency. So we're going to try to keep him. I hope it works out. If it doesn't work out we'll go to Plan B. But he's been great for us, he's got us a ring, and is now the captain of the team, and I love having him here."
I would love for Rondo to stay, that's a no brainier coming from me. I believe in him,and I hope the Celtics management does as well. Rondo's success does depend on them, and what's Wyc's thoughts on free agents coming to Boston?
"The more I hear about free agency in Boston and the more that I see all the money that's - the money in the league has doubled just even since I've been here. Everything's doubled and almost doubled again. There's tons of money. What these guys don't have is a ring. If we can get it to a place- we really attracted Kevin Garnett here with a chance to win a championship. You can say technically he wasn't a free agent, but really technically he was. He didn't have to come to Boston and he did. So in my opinion KG was a free agent who came to Boston and won a championship. And there are other guys out there that want to win rings, and if they want to win them, I think we have to be in the mix."
My thinking on it is this. The Celtics will get them (players) one way or another. By choice is left to be seen. But I think KG's tenure has helped others when making a choice, and the Celtics ownership group has shown that they want to win, and at whatever cost it takes.