HoopsHype Wyc Grousbeck rumors

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The Celtics will have extensive salary cap space in the summer of 2015, but the organization hasn’t attracted a major free agent in his prime in more than 20 years. Grousbeck is confident that will change. “In my opinion, Kevin Garnett chose to come here,” he said. “Not technically a free agent, but it was a choice to come to Boston and he could have not come, not signed the extension. And that led to a championship. Kevin and Doc [Rivers] coming here and saying such great things about Boston definitely helps our recruiting position. “There’s money everywhere in the league now. The money is so big in the league that guys will get their money one way or another. The only difference is championship rings. I’ve got one on right now. When guys really want a ring, we think they’re going to look at us, look at Brad, look at our fans and our ownership support, and say this is a place they’ll consider.” Boston Globe

The transition from Rivers to Stevens has gone smoothly, with the rookie coach drawing rave reviews for his managing of a young roster. “I love Brad, he’s so comfortable with himself, he knows who he is, he knows how he wants his team to play, he knows what kind of players he wants, he’s a natural leader even though he looks like a 25-year-old,” Grousbeck said. “There’s something magnetic about him. He’s going to be a great coach in this league for a long time to come. “I said to someone the other day, ‘Doc, I really miss you and wish you didn’t leave, but this has really eased the pain, having Brad here.’ ” Boston Globe

It’s been difficult for Grousbeck to watch consistent losses, focus on development more than victories, and cross his fingers for a high lottery pick rather than watch his skilled squad crush playoff opponents, as it did for most of the past six years. “I think since 2007 we knew this year was coming,” said Grousbeck, whose team is 22-43 entering Friday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns. “We didn’t know when it would be, probably thought it would be before 2014. The fact that Brad is here and Danny is at the top of his game makes it easier for me as CEO to get through this year because I think we have the pieces in place for our next run as a contender. We have our coach, our GM, a bunch of young kids and a bunch of draft picks, so I feel like we’re better off. Boston Globe

The Celtics are 12th in the NBA in average attendance at a little more than 18,000 per game, filling 96.7 percent of TD Garden. The fan base has been subjected to some painful moments this season, but Grousbeck is thrilled by the loyalty. “We have all been spoiled by the great run of success that all Boston teams have had and I’m really appreciative of the fans for hanging in there with us and for finding things to cheer about,” he said. “Playing hard for a new coach, watching rookies develop, welcome back Paul and KG. We’re finding things to cheer about this year that aren’t necessarily wins. And that shows the devotion of the Boston fan.” Boston Globe

March 3, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was also on the panel and he and Grousbeck engaged in a rather interesting back-and-forth. It began with a reference to NBA commissioner Adam Silver being asked earlier in the conference about the New York Knicks not paying property tax on Madison Square Garden. Grousbeck was asked what he thought of that question, and he gave a politically correct response: “I guess I would say whatever Adam said was correct.” Ranadive leaned over and said to Grousbeck, “He said that you guys were tanking.” Grousbeck laughed, then shot back, “And what are you doing?” Boston Globe

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Pierce said he holds no grudges toward the Celtics, and again pointed to a future relationship with the organization. “Who knows? I may be working for Wyc Grousbeck or Danny Ainge,” he said. “A lot of players don’t understand it. I’ve always understood it. And [other players] let their pride and ego get in the way. I’ve made a lot of money here, I’ve built relationships, won a championship here, I thank y’all for everything y’all gave me. How can I be mad for everything they’ve given me. I’m thankful.” Boston Globe

July 5, 2013 Updates
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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about Doc Rivers‘ departure to the Clippers. Danny Ainge said at a Tuesday press conference that it was Rivers’ idea to leave, dismissing reports that the Celtics initiated the change. Grousbeck concurred and said he’s sorry to see Rivers go. “I would say a little disappointment,” Grousbeck said. “I’m where Danny was, and he clearly expressed it, which is we thought we’d be here for this five-year term with Doc. He was, as Danny said, he talked to Doc about staying and having longevity. And nine years is a long time, there’s no question. But 12 years is longer. So, we were planning for the long term with Doc because we think he’s one of those foundational guys. “It was a good run, a couple of [NBA] Finals appearances. But it was not our idea.” WEEI.com

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