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Marcus Morris: 'I'm not really about to BS stuff', demands more from Celtics

Marcus Morris: 'I'm not really about to BS stuff', demands more from Celtics

BOSTON — Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris admitted he spoke out of frustration when he vented about a joyless season in the aftermath of Saturday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but he stressed Monday that his comments were made in large part because he sees the potential of this team if it can come together.

Morris said he felt like his teammates understood his message when he suggested that the Celtics haven’t been having fun much of the season and are too focused on individual accomplishments rather than hunting a title as a group. Morris met with reporters before the team’s flight to Philadelphia and expressed hope that, by publicly voicing his concerns, the team can rally together.

"To me, it was just speaking real. I'm not really about to BS stuff,” said Morris. "I want to win a championship. I understand what it takes to get there basically every day. And I think that's why my teammates, they definitely accepted it, because they see that I'm a guy that comes in here and I put my hard hat on and come to work. I'm passionate about it, and I don't know no other way. 

"To be in this position, to have a chance to compete for something like that, it means a lot to me, because you don't get this opportunity at all in this league. Eight years I've been here. It's not a crazy amount, but eight years I've been in the league, I never even thought I could win a championship with the teams I was on. And this team I feel a lot different about, and I just want to push us to that position.”

Morris’ comments Saturday hit like a bombshell on the heels of what many have dubbed the worst loss of the Brad Stevens era. The Celtics kicked away a 28-point lead while falling to the Clippers, on the heels of fumbling away a double-digit lead before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers two nights earlier on Rajon Rondo’s first career buzzer-beater.

Morris noted how coach Brad Stevens might have preferred his comments stay behind closed doors but Stevens said he was fine with Morris venting so long as he attached his name to his quotes.

“One of the things that we say at the very beginning of the year is that we don’t want to be a team quoted of unnamed sources. So if you’re going to say something, you’ve got to put your name next to it,” said Stevens. "And Marcus’ frustrations were obvious and evident, and you know what, in a lot of ways, I thought he said a lot of stuff that you can’t really argue in the last two games. So we need to be a lot better than we were at finishing out games and handling adverse situations in games, and go from there. But as long as we can put our name next to it, I’m good.”

Celtics veteran big man Al Horford said the team addressed Morris’ comments on Monday and the team was moving forward. 

"It's not fun when we're not playing the right way,” said Horford. "I just think it was a tough one. In the past two games, we've dominated teams at times, we just didn't come up with the results we wanted.”

Later Horford added: “I’m OK with [frustration]. I think it’s best that all these things happen now than come playoff time. … I think [the two LA losses were] a step back but I believe it will make us better in the long run.”

Morris is confident that teammates took his message the right way.

"For the most part, everybody agreed with me,” said Morris. "Coach, he thought it was the right thing to say. More to the fact of I could have basically kept that in-house and talked to my teammates, but you guys caught me at a good time. I was hot. I just spoke what was real. I didn't take it out of context or point anybody out. I just said as a whole. I just felt like we've got to enjoy this process.”

Later Morris added: "We watched the film, we watched a couple of clips, and guys understood what I was saying. Obviously, to be that caliber team, that championship team, you have to really buy in. You have to enjoy what's going on. And as I look around the league, like I said, those top teams, it seems like they enjoy what's going on, win, lose, or draw. You’re going to have some ups and downs, but you've got to have fun with it.”

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ESPN's Brian Windhorst calls AD-Lakers trade 'Celtics-Nets trade part two'

ESPN's Brian Windhorst calls AD-Lakers trade 'Celtics-Nets trade part two'

The Los Angeles Lakers made a deal to acquire Anthony Davis on Saturday night. The 26-year-old superstar will be leaving the New Orleans Pelicans to join the Lakers, but not everyone thinks it's such a great long-term deal.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst is one of those people. The analyst called the haul New Orleans received "potentially scandalous" and compared it to the ill-fated trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics that accelerated the Celtics rebuild rapidly while doing long-term damage to the Nets franchise.

“What they gave up for him is potentially scandalous,” Windhorst told ESPN 710 in Los Angeles (as transcribed by MassLive's John Karalis). “It is an unbelievable haul that they gave. And not all the details are out there yet, but when they get out there, you’re going to see why. It is the Nets-Celtics trade part 2. It’s going to affect them long after LeBron is out of his prime and maybe no longer on the team.”

Of course, the main pieces the Nets acquired in the trade with the Celtics (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry) were all over the age of 35, so the deals are much different. Davis is still going to be in his prime for years to come, so the deal could pay off short-term if Davis and LeBron James are able to team up and win a title. And if Kyrie Irving joins them in L.A.? They could be the next super team and will surely have longer than the one-year window the Nets ended up with.

But giving up five to seven years of control of their draft picks is certainly a risk for the Lakers, especially with James set to turn 35 in December.

That likely explains why Danny Ainge was wary of completing this deal for Davis. Ainge has seen first-hand the impact of the Celtics-Nets trade, and he definitely doesn't want to come out on the other end of the deal. Reportedly, the Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in trade talks with the Pelicans and that may have been due to Rich Paul's comments about Davis leaving Boston after one season. The C's weren't about to pay a king's ransom for a one-year rental, so that allowed the Lakers to swoop in with the winning offer.

Only time will tell if this deal ends up becoming Celtics-Nets 2.0. All that we know now is that the Lakers gave up a lot to get one of the NBA's best players. And the Celtics elected to be conservative and continue to stockpile their long-term assets.

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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving 'maintained for months' he wants to play with Anthony Davis

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving 'maintained for months' he wants to play with Anthony Davis

The return of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics has gone from possible to unlikely in recent days. The Celtics' confidence in bringing back Irving has eroded and will likely continue to do so after the Anthony Davis trade.

Davis was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers for a king's ransom on Saturday night. That will create a new super-team of sorts in L.A., as Davis and LeBron James will team up. However, the team is still looking for a third potential star, and Irving could be in play.

According to Sam Amick and David Aldridge of The Athletic, Irving is still in play for the Lakers. Aldridge, in particular, cited Irving's interest and said: "sources have maintained for months (Irving) wants to play with Davis." If that is, in fact, true, the Lakers would seemingly be an intriguing option for Irving, who has played with LeBron in Cleveland and wants to play with Davis.

Of course, Irving has also been tied heavily to the Brooklyn Nets in the past few weeks, and there have been reports that he may want to team up with Kevin Durant. Durant's Achilles injury may complicate that plan, though, so perhaps that could influence Irving to form a super team with the Lakers instead.

Either way, Irving being in play for the Lakers is a bad sign for the Celtics, as their best shot at retaining Irving would likely have stemmed from acquiring Davis. But, they reportedly didn't want to include Jayson Tatum in any deal given the uncertainty of Davis remaining after the season. Barring a change of heart, it seems that Irving is preparing to leave the C's once free agency rolls around.

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