Thursday, April 3, 2014

Celtics ownership key in rebuilding a contender

In another ranking series by ESPN. They picked the best owners in the NBA, and the Celtics are ranked 4th on their list. Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca have been visible owners, and I think the first time I really noticed them was in 2007, during KG's press conference. I knew of them, and when they bought the team. I just didn't focus on them as much as I should have.

They've been in the spotlight in the past 6 years. This ownership group has said all the right things. They want to win, and their willing to spend money to get that done. The rankings don't mean a lot, but I believe the Celtics owners are some of the best. They will be key in the coming years when Danny Ainge starts to put the players together. They will have to prove once again that their willing to sign over the big checks.

Plus it doesn't hurt that they sound like Rondo fans. They set the asking price on him, and I think it indicates that they want him after the 2014-15 season.

ESPN Boston

The Boston Celtics landed at No. 4 in an ESPN ranking of the top ownership groups in the league. A glance at the top spots after the ESPN Forecast Panel ranked each team on a scale of 1 to 10:

ESPN Owner Rankings

• RAPID REACTION: Ever since buying the team, the Celtics' ownership group headlined by Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca have put a premium on winning and haven't been afraid to spend to do so. This will be a rare season below the luxury tax, but only because of the competitive advantages it offers as Boston navigates a rebuilding season. Grousbeck suggested he envisions "fireworks" this offseason because of the assets Boston's front office has to work with and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge can operate knowing ownership is willing to pay to put a contending team on the floor.

1 comment:

  1. I think that Rondo has signaled that he may be willing to sign a team-friendly contract, and the ownership has indicated that they like Rondo and want to build around him. It's long past time for Danny to come on board. Commit to Rondo, and start bringing in the players around him. Listen to Thibs, Danny. You've got a piece to build around. And Rondo, spend the summer in Boston to show your commitment. Let the game's resident genius begin to build a team that will wow folks, with the help of the veterans, the coach and Danny. Let's build something special that the NBA will not soon forget.