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Wyc Grousbeck insists Celtics have 'aggressive' mindset this offseason

Wyc Grousbeck insists Celtics have 'aggressive' mindset this offseason

The next few weeks could fuel or dash the Boston Celtics' dreams of winning an NBA championship. And Wyc Grousbeck is well aware of the stakes.

"This is the most uncertain offseason since 2007," the Celtics co-owner said in a recent interview with the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.

Grousbeck isn't wrong; amid reports that Kyrie Irving is "prepared" to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, persistent Anthony Davis trade rumors and the murky futures of Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris, the C's could have a completely different roster at this time next month.

"We have so many options this summer, that I really don’t know what will happen over the next two to three weeks," Grousbeck said. "That’s the fun of it, and the stress of it."

That 2007 offseason resulted in the Celtics landing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to form a "Big Three" in Boston that won the NBA title in 2008. If president of basketball operations Danny Ainge manages to pry Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans and convince Irving to stay, there's a real chance of the C's following that blueprint.

At the very least, it sounds like Grousbeck is intent on Ainge and the Celtics' front office shooting their shot.

"I don’t have any interest in being mediocre for the next 10 or 15 years," Grousbeck added. "I’d rather go for it, hit the driver, off the fairway, I occasionally do that. Absolutely that Kyrie trade (with Cleveland in 2017) felt like the right thing to do and was the right thing to do.

"I completely share Danny’s outlook and support it, of looking at options that are aggressive and could lead to a championship. That’s the mindset."

Boston has other options if Irving walks and Davis goes elsewhere, as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are solid foundational pieces to build around. But the Celtics front office certainly doesn't seem interested in a rebuild, so expect the C's to be in the thick of trade talks and free agent rumors through next Thursday's NBA draft and into July free agency.

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Enes Kanter Show: Celtics center explains importance of mental strength in NBA bubble

Enes Kanter Show: Celtics center explains importance of mental strength in NBA bubble

The NBA's bubble at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will provide the players with plenty of fun activities -- bowling, golf, movies, video games and ping pong, among others -- in their spare time. This doesn't mean the environment will be without challenges, though.

The Boston Celtics traveled down to Orlando on Wednesday night, and they will be staying at the Gran Destino Tower during the league's restart.

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Not every player will be in perfect basketball shape once practices ramp up soon. That's understandable, and it's a challenge the players eventually will overcome. The mental challenges will be the most important -- and maybe the toughest -- to battle through given the uniqueness of the situation. 

In the latest episode of the The Enes Kanter Show podcast, Celtics center Enes Kanter explained the importance of mental strength in the league's bubble.

"All we have to do is get in game shape. We all know how to play basketball. It's like riding a bike -- you can't forget how to play basketball," Kanter said. "You can be a little rusty and get back into shape. But I think the important thing is the mental part because you're away from your family and loved ones for three months and now all you have is your basketball family and coaches. That's why the 3-month period before Orlando was so important to keep building that chemistry. I think now we're all bonding and the chemistry is really good. We all care about each other. We're just going to go out there and play golf, go bowling and fish all day, and other than that just play basketball. I feel, besides from the games, you can actually just relax. Read a book, just invest in yourself."

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The bubble was made to ensure the players can continue playing in an environment that's as safe and as healthy as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Players won't have the same freedom they normally do on the road, and the teams that are mentally tough and well prepared likely will enjoy the most success in Orlando.

Kanter is in no mood to complain. He's going to make the most out of the opportunity to compete for a championship, and you can bet his Celtics teammates will have a similar attitude. 

"Love it or hate, you're going to be here for three months," Kanter said. "So you might as well look at the positive side of it.

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Celtics at Home: Which superhero is Marcus Smart most like?

Celtics at Home: Which superhero is Marcus Smart most like?

Boston Celtics star Marcus Smart often plays like a superhero on the basketball court.

The versatile guard plays multiple positions on offense and guards all five positions on defense. He'll hit 3-pointers, set up the offense, dive on the floor for loose balls, guard the opposing teams' best player, etc. There aren't many things Smart can't provide the Celtics. This all-around skill set is quite valuable to the C's, especially on defense. Smart was named to the league's All-Defensive first team last season, and he deserves a spot in that group again in 2019-20. 

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In the latest episode of Celtics at Home, one of the topics in the Celtics Census segment was, "which superhero is Marcus Smart most like?"

We asked 300 Celtics fans for the top six answers, and several of them are superheroes you would definitely associate with a player who excels on the defensive end of the court.

NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin and former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins teamed up against C's head coach Brad Stevens and Smart to see who could come up with the right answers. 

Watch the video below to find out which team won. Be sure to check out the NBC Sports Boston YouTube page for more Celtics at Home videos and other content.