Boston Celtics fans expected their team to compete for an NBA championship during the 2018-19 season, but instead the year ended in tremendously disappointing fashion with a lackluster second-round playoff exit to the Milwaukee Bucks.
It was one of the most frustrating Celtics seasons in recent memory, and the team was not easy to love. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, appearing on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger and Mazz" show Wednesday afternoon, talked about the disappointment of the season.
"It was one of the hardest teams to love, from my standpoint," Grousbeck said. "Just to answer for myself. I wasn't coaching them but I was watching them. It was frustrating. It was a tough year for everybody concerned. I think the fans all feel that. We're going to try to make it better. We all feel that. The highs and lows -- it just has been frustrating."
One of the most frustrating aspects of this season's group was its potential. You could argue Boston's roster was the most talented and deepest in the entire league, but the coaching staff was unable to put all of these pieces together into one cohesive unit that consistently played team basketball.
"It didn't mesh together," Grousbeck said. "It was like a really great car, but it just wasn't quite assembled or didn't quite run the way you would think it would run. It was pretty frustrating because we had a lot of potential and we showed it at times, and other times it just fell apart."
The Celtics have a ton of options to consider this summer in regards to improving the roster to compete for championships. At the top of the list likely is the future of Kyrie Irving, but Grousbeck had little to say when asked about Boston's star point guard.
“We’re really just going to go through the roster, the 15 guys, and say who’s here, should we move some of the guys, should we re-sign these people, what are we going to do," Grousbeck said. “We start every late May, or whenever it is, we start with a clean slate and put together the team for next year. It’s really like a new movie, with a new script, and in some cases a new cast. And hopefully a new ending.”
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