A Fourth of July look ahead to the new-look Celtics from Sean Grande, the radio voice of the Green.
1:22 - Grande joins A. Sherrod Blakely and Gary Tanguay to discuss the Celtics off-season signings, draft picks and trades. Should they have done something differently? And what kind of team will it be next year?
6:37 - Kara Lawson makes history being the first female on the coaching staff in Celtics franchise history. Grande tells us why she is the perfect pick for the C's.
8:44 - In honor of July 4th, Trenni Kusnierek, Tom E. Curran, and Phil Perry weigh in on who is America’s team, and who is America’s sweetheart?
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During the Celtics' tumultuous 2018-19 season, Kyrie Irving received plenty of criticism for the team's struggles.
The star point guard, who ended his two-year stint with the C's by signing with the Nets in free agency, often was criticized for doing a poor job leading his young teammates. While some of that criticism may be warranted, Celtics voice Sean Grande says it's not as simple as putting all the blame on Kyrie.
"The easiest thing to do in the world is to put all of the chips on Kyrie's shoulders as we move him out of town," Grande said on "Arbella Early Edition". "It is more complicated than that, it is more layered than that.
"There are a variety of people who deserve blame ... I think [Brad Stevens] would own the decision to force-feed Gordon Hayward at the start of the year in an attempt to sort of 'fake it until you make it.' That, I think, caused resentment probably among the younger guys."
Hear everything Grande had to say in the video above.
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Are the Boston Celtics turning into the San Antonio Spurs?
Appearing Friday morning on "Toucher & Rich" on 98.5 The Sports Hub, long-time Celtics radio play-by-play announcer Sean Grande said that drafting Texas A&M center Robert Williams -- once speculated as a potential lottery pick -- late in the first round was a play straight out of the Spurs' playbook.
"With the caveat that every team pretty much wakes up this morning and says ‘Wow, we nailed it’, it’s hard to imagine the Celtics could do better," Grande said. "I don’t want to say they’ve become the Spurs, but this is what the Spurs, picking every year in this spot, would do. You wake up the next day, and say, ‘Wow, how did the Spurs get a really good player? How’d they get a player they weren’t supposed to get late in the first round?’"
And the Celtics have their own discipline to thank for this, Grande added.
"I think the key to this draft, wasn’t it really, was to not overreact, not to get involved in all the crazy, and the Celtics are exactly where they wanted to be 24 hours later," he said.