HoopsHype Wyc Grousbeck rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

“We would not have won Banner 17 without Rajon and will always consider him one of our most valuable Celtics, both on the court and in the community working with kids. We will always cherish the time he was here,” said Celtics Managing Partners Wyc Grousbeck, Irv Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and Robert Epstein. NBA.com

October 26, 2014 Updates

They fashion themselves merely as a couple of local fans — Grousbeck with ties to Worcester, Pagliuca to Framingham — who one day in 2002 decided they’d like to spruce up one of our city’s legacy franchises and run it as, well, a couple of local fans, their highly successful financial careers and “Shark Tank”-like deal-making personas ostensibly stuffed in their equipment bags for safekeeping. They are having such fun being fan/owners, they stressed during an hourlong interview at a downtown hotel recently, they have little intention to change much, despite receiving, according to Grousbeck, “two serious offers’’ to sell in the last two weeks. Boston Globe

All at a time when the price of sports franchises and related properties continue to skyrocket. Exhibit A: the $2 billion Steve Ballmer recently paid to relieve the foul-mouthed Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers. “I sent a text message to Steve Ballmer about a month ago,’’ said Grousbeck, who is also the Celtics’ day-to-day chief executive officer. “And I said, ‘You know, when we bought the Celtics in ’02, we set a record price. Now you’ve taken the record . . . but you did it with some real style!’ ’’ Ballmer’s response? “He wrote back a smiley face,’’ said Grousbeck, laughing with what might be interpreted as fan-like joy. As for the two recent offers to sell, an adamant and more solemn Grousbeck insisted the club is not for sale. He also would not say whether the offers included a dollar amount. “They might, but I don’t want to discuss it,’’ he said. “With all respect . . . sorry.’’ Boston Globe

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But the Celtics have maintained they plan to keep Rondo, the last remaining member of the 2008 championship team. “It’s my goal to keep Rondo here,” Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said recently. “I think we all want that. And I actually honestly think — he should speak for himself — I think Rajon wants to stay, or would be very happy to stay. “And we’ll see how this season goes, and how the negotiations go, but he’s proud to be a Celtic. I know that. He’s proud to wear that [2008 title] ring and he deserved it.” Boston Globe

September 23, 2014 Updates

After the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion this year, the question begged to be asked: Have the Boston Celtics fielded any interest from potential suitors? Yes. Tuesday. “I was just on the phone with somebody who wanted to try to buy the Celtics five minutes ago,” co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Tuesday morning before teeing it off in the seventh annual Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at Dedham Country and Polo Club. “But it was a quick conversation because the team’s not for sale.” Booth Newspapers

Grousbeck also addressed the controversies happening across professional sports. The NFL has experienced issues with domestic violence and reports of a serious cover-up, while Donald Sterling and certain high-profile members of the Atlanta Hawks organization have levied racist remarks that later became public. “It reminds me that we have a job here as a pro team to sort of set an example,” Grousbeck said. “And maybe even a higher standard just because kids look up to us, and we’re trying to set those examples every day. So it reminds us all, I think, in pro sports that we’ve got to use our positions wisely and finish everything through. We just finished all of our sensitivity, diversity, anti-harassment training – a serious training – early spring this year, right before the Donald Sterling thing all came out. We do that every year, but we’re going to have to stay on our guard and make sure we do the best they can.” Booth Newspapers

With his team working diligently to get back to their recent days of championship contention after an offseason that lacked those promised fireworks, Grousbeck had some interesting things to say when discussing C’s captain and impending free agent Rajon Rondo. “He’s super stubborn,” revealed Grousbeck, adding Rondo is a good, generous kid who loves being in Boston. “I don’t know how coachable he really is. “I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], ‘Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,’ he’d say, ‘No, he’s in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.’ It’s hard with him,” Grousbeck continued. Boston Globe

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Ainge has orchestrated the salary cap so the Celtics could potentially have more than $30 million coming off the books next summer, including the contract of Rajon Rondo. “Well, I think that when we have Danny and [coach] Brad [Stevens] on the basketball side, thinking every day, literally 24/7 about how to improve this team,” Grousbeck said. “Whether it’s during the season, next summer or the season after, I’m very confident we’ll get better and I believe that. Those guys are fantastic basketball people. We’ve got a lot of assets. We’ve got a committed, a very committed ownership group, great team partners and it really starts with the fans coming back every year and renewing tickets. “Everybody’s involved in building this thing and we’ll get there.” Boston Globe

July 20, 2014 Updates

Grousbeck, of course, provided the now infamous “fireworks” comment earlier this year, and he’s just as disappointed as most Celtics fans about the team’s failure to pair another star with Rajon Rondo so far this summer. “We had definitely hoped to try to make bigger moves this offseason, to be honest,” he said. “Having said that, it takes two partners to make a trade, so we focused on longterm trying to build the club. We think we’re a better team now — positioned for the future, some new young talent and even more draft picks — but it’s been a patient summer so far, and I’m not always the most patient guy.” WEEI.com

Those stories sparked an idea for something new with a touch of the past, and after 18 months of work, that idea will debut this week: a new alternate logo. Created in-house, the logo, which is known as the “Lucky Alternate,” pays homage to the early 1960s illustration created by Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach’s brother, Zang, a former editorial and sports artist for newspapers in Washington. Boston Globe

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