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Anything is Podable Episode Two: New owner, new era

Anything is Podable Episode Two: New owner, new era

It’s not very often that a marquee franchise like the Boston Celtics is sold, but in 2002, control of the green and white changed hands.

Episode Two of NBC Sports Boston’s “Anything is Podable” looks at the first several years of the Wyc Grousbeck era and how the new ownership group began to lay the building blocks of the next great Celtics team.

“Mortgaged the house to put down the deposit and started to figure out whom I could call to raise all this money,” said Grousbeck in an exclusive interview for the podcast series. “But as of that moment, I knew I was going to be the controlling owner of the Boston Celtics, or I was going to die trying. I mean, that was going to happen.”

While the Celtics’ transformation from pretender to contender took several years, Grousbeck and his team were committed to giving fans the team’s seventeenth championship.

“When you come into the Celtics, you can’t come into it for money, and we never did” added Grousbeck. “I named the company ‘Banner 17’ because I wanted to win the 17th banner and hopefully more.”

The podcast continues on to address the coaching transition from Jim O’Brien to Doc Rivers, as well as Danny Ainge’s first few seasons as General Manager and President of Basketball Operations.

“I’m not exaggerating if I say 10-15 different coaches and ex-coaches told me not to take the Boston job,” said Rivers. “Too much pressure, they’re going to be bad for a long time, not sure if you and Danny will work well together. I mean, I just got a lot of calls.”

“As excited as I was for Doc, you know, Wyc and Pags, they wanted to sign him before we left the house,” joked Ainge. “They were so excited. They were enamored with Doc.”

With Ainge and Rivers now in charge of all things on the court, Grousbeck and his team were on their way to fulfilling their goal.

Anything is Podable is a ten-part series diving into the story of the 2008 Celtics and their championship season, with exclusive, never-before-heard interviews with team executives, former players, and media members.

Narrated by Kyle Draper, it’s the perfect way for Celtics fans to pass time this offseason and get excited for 2018-19, a season in which the Celtics have as good a chance at raising their 18th championship banner as they’ve had since that magical 2008 season.

Fans can subscribe to the podcast through the link below and check out the other nine episodes for a look at this exclusive series.

Celtics among Stephen A. Smith's top Kevin Durant free agent suitors

Celtics among Stephen A. Smith's top Kevin Durant free agent suitors

Kevin Durant rejected the Boston Celtics when he was an NBA free agent in 2016, but would he re-consider the C's next summer if he decides to leave the Golden State Warriors after this season?

Durant is able to become a free agent if he declines his 2019-20 player option, and rumors have linked him to several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Celtics

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith broke down the top five teams Durant should consider in free agency next year during a segment on Friday's edition of "First Take", and the Celtics made the list.

Here's what Smith had to say about the C's and Durant:

The Celtics, much like the Warriors, are loaded with star players, committed ownership and a smart front office. The C's are in a strong position to be championship contenders for a long time. Boston's best players also are a little younger than Golden State's, and maybe that would be appealing to Durant. 

Of course, signing Durant would be difficult for teams like the Celtics that already have a high payroll and multiple max contracts. The Celtics would need to get creative to acquire Durant in a trade or via free agency, but few front office executives are as shrewd as Danny Ainge and Mike Zarren.

The Celtics' best plan, depending on how the season shakes out, might be to just bring most of the same guys back next season. The C's are in a good spot either way. 

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Celtics get Morris back tonight vs. Raptors

Celtics get Morris back tonight vs. Raptors

The Celtics will get forward Marcus Morris back tonight for their critical game against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden.

Morris missed the C's victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night with an illness.

He's been Boston's most consistent forward through the early part of the season, and a key part of its B.W.A. - "Bench With Attitude." He leads the C's in 3-point shooting (48 percent), field goal percentage (50.4 percent) and defensive rebounding (6.1 per game).

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