February 26, 2024

Celtics

Grousbeck appeared on the Celtics’ recreation broadcast on NBC Sports activities Boston versus the Clippers on Saturday.

Wyc Grousbeck acknowledged confidence in his choice to provide Jaylen Brown a supermax extension over the summer season. AP Photograph/Elise Amendola

The Celtics have confirmed to be among the best groups within the NBA to date this season.

Proprietor Wyc Grousbeck has definitely taken discover of his roster’s expertise by the primary two months of 2023-24.

Grousbeck appeared on the Celtics’ recreation broadcast on NBC Sports activities Boston of their contest in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers and heaped reward on this yr’s squad. A squad he helped form that’s presently tied for first place within the Jap Convention standings.

“I really like these guys,” Grousbeck stated. “This staff is totally related … It is a household and it’s a household that’s bought one objective in thoughts and that’s what we love.”

That objective is the Boston Celtics’ 18th championship banner. A banner they got here near capturing in opposition to the Golden State Warriors within the 2021-22 season, taking their formidable opponent to 6 video games final June.

Final season, the staff fell within the Jap Convention Finals to the Miami Warmth in seven video games.

The group clearly wasn’t glad and promptly made a number of main modifications this previous offseason in hopes of hoisting its first Larry O’Brien trophy since 2008. 

From buying and selling fan-favorite Marcus Sensible to the Memphis Grizzlies, buying Kristaps Porzingis from the Washington Wizards in that very same transaction, and buying and selling Malcolm Brogdon and Robert Williams III for Jrue Vacation, Grousbeck has made it clear to the franchise and its followers that he’s devoted to successful.

“If you usher in nice guys … the eye goes to the nice guys and the following 5 guys can actually thrive,” Grousbeck stated of buying a number of top-tier gamers this season. “It’s actually unbelievable.”

He’s not improper, both. Vacation and Porzingis immediately meshed with the remainder of the roster and have helped put Boston on the prime of the East once more. 

Not solely did Boston usher in recent faces this yr, nevertheless it paid up for one among its personal. The group gave Jaylen Brown a five-year, $304 million supermax extension over the summer season.

Grousbeck stated that the brand new deal has helped Brown carry out at such a excessive degree on the courtroom this season, and that he wasn’t afraid at hand out such a hefty contract to a cornerstone participant just like the 27-year-old.

“It’s been the most effective anyone’s ever seen him play, I believe. It’s nice as a result of he is available in with extra stress, he acknowledges the supermax,” Grousbeck said. “You spend money on making the staff nearly as good as it may be. If you happen to can’t do this, you may’t be the Celtics’ proprietor. That was a easy one.”

Heading into Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Clippers, Brown was averaging 22.7 factors per recreation with a 47.8 discipline objective proportion. He’s a +157 participant and has solely missed one recreation all season.

The 2023-24 season continues to be younger. Boston must proceed to show itself. Nonetheless, Celtics possession is acutely dedicated to bringing a championship again to the town and is assured they’ve the precise gamers for the job.