A few random thoughts while I wonder how many times we'll hear terms like max contracts, Bird Rights, mid-level exception, etc. this summer...
They all have a hand in this. Danny Ainge. Brad Stevens. Kyrie Irving. Some of his teammates.
One of the most embarrassing Celtics seasons ever — the only recent comparisons in this town were the Chicken-and-Beer Red Sox, and Bobby Valentine — finally concluded last night in Milwaukee with a complete no-show by the Celtics. I mean, Guerschon Yabusele checked in for Jayson Tatum WITH 9:59 LEFT IN THE GAME.
That's how bad it was.
B-Robb has broken it all down. Kyrie's embarrassing effort. The rest of the carnage. I'm sure this is just the beginning of the deconstruction of this season. It's the kind of campaign that 30 For 30's are created for down the road. As soon as Kyrie leaves, there might be a land speed record for the Celtics' episode.
For now, I'm more focused on the Blame Pie with this team. I'm sure you'll have your opinions, but here are mine:
Danny Ainge (25 percent): He constructed this team. Ainge and all his head size charts, lust for Duke players, etc., made the decision that Irving was the type of star that could take a younger core, team with the likes of Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, and elevate the entire unit. Boy, Ainge was totally wrong. Irving may have been breathtaking when he was engaged on the court, but he lacked all of the qualities needed to be an accountable leader. So that was the biggest mistake. But then, Ainge decided to leave the team intact at the trade deadline and not to either trade Irving, or make things easier on Stevens by contracting the roster. Ainge was 0 for 2.
Kyrie Irving (35 percent): He was wrong almost from the get-go this season. After watching Horford and the young core nearly make the NBA Finals without him, did Kyrie come back this year and just try to find his way? Of course not. He entered like a bull in a china shop, showed little regard for what his teammates had accomplished, refused to be a real leader the team was lacking (Irving even said the team needed a 15-year vet, as if Horford wasn't even there), and then kept popping his mouth off about what the young players weren't doing and left speculation of his future wide open. Oh, and he played sucky defense and selfish offense down the stretch. The one thing Kyrie proved: he can't be the dominant personality/player on a team. As much as he wants to be that guy, he's forever Robin to someone else's Batman. He just doesn't have it as a leader. Kyrie makes LeBron look like Mark Messier.
Brad Stevens (25 percent): From making Hayward an immediate starter — come on, everyone knows parents have to treat their sons the worst in front of the team — and questionable lineup choices, to his refusal to fill the leadership void by assigning roles on this team, Stevens showed he was not ready to lead a team with huge expectations and too much talent. He's a long ways from Butler and those underdog Celtics teams.
Everyone else (15 percent): I'm sure it will come out that guys like Terry Rozier (especially), Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown and Tatum all had their own shortcomings behind the scenes this season, mostly after last year's success — dealing with success is one of the hardest things in pro sports — but it all pales in comparison to the decisions made by the other three. I'm sure it was a fun plane ride back for everyone.
What do you say?
- Thank goodness we can immediately wipe our palette clean of that Celtics vomit and watch the other end of a spectrum — a team that truly cares about each other and team glory — when the Bruins open up with the Hurricanes. Should be a fun series.
- Good lord, JBJ.
- I'd call the Revolution a dumpster fire, but that would be an insult to dumpster fires. They're "playing" like they're trying to get Brad Friedel fired.
Time to hit the links
Robb: Kyrie Irving delivers embarrassing effort on both ends to close out Celtics season
BSJ Game Report: Bucks 116, Celtics 91 – Season ends with embarrassing effort
Final: Bucks 116, Celtics 91 — Bucks crush Celtics to end season
Brad Stevens needs to get proactive to give Celtics a chance in Game 5
Completed Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics-Bucks/NBA 5.8.19
With McAvoy out, Steven Kampfer & Bruins ready to trust the system in reshuffling D corps
BSJ Live Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/Hurricanes and NHL Playoffs – Thursday at 7 p.m.
Video: Charlie McAvoy on Game 1 suspension: ‘I’m not a very good lawyer, I guess’
Video: Patrice Bergeron previews series against Carolina Hurricanes
Video: Zdeno Chara on reaching Eastern Conference Final: ‘Nothing has been accomplished’
Michigan DC Don Brown on Chase Winovich’s strengths, weaknesses, and how he’ll fit with Patriots
First and 10: Braxton Berrios is a survivor, N’Keal Harry set to meet the media, and more Patriots’ updates
Sweeney: Chicago’s own turnaround may be closer to fruition than the Revs’
BSJ Match Report: Chicago 5, Revolution 0 – Lackadaisical defending, poor offense downfall vs. Fire
Final: Chicago 5, Revolution 0 – New England gets annihilated once again
Midweek Kick: Revs, Chicago similar in table position, goals scored as they ready themselves for a six-pointer
Sweeney: With a lack of trying Tuesday, the Revs front office waves the white flag
7 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Bruins-Hurricanes
8 p.m.: NBA — Toronto at Philadelphia (ESPN)
8 p.m.: NHL — Game 1: Hurricanes at Bruins, NBCSN (Ryan, Bedard)
10:30 p.m.: NBA — Denver at Portland (ESPN)
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Superman (on defense, not offense)...
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