Wyc Grousbeck Rumors
Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck wants his team to be legitimate competitors with the Golden State Warriors, “Within a couple of years,” he said in an interview on 98.5 the Sports Hub Monday. In a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from the Kyrie Irving trade to the future of the NBA’s business model, Grousbeck was measured in his expectations for his reformed team this season.
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Grousbeck said the organization will spend much more on the payroll than the team’s ticket revenues. He also added that TD Garden is nearly sold out of season-ticket packages, selling out completely the lower bowl and balcony seats, leaving just club packages available. “We expect it to be a fully sold-out season,” he said. “Thanks to the fans, we can go compete like this. It’s a tribute to the Celtics fans. When we listen to Kyrie saying, ‘There’s no way I’d rather have it than in a Celtics jersey.’ Al said, ‘I came here because of the Celtics’ fans support.’ Kyrie is here because of the tradition and the fans and the coach, Gordon is here [for the same reasons].
Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said today the team’s blockbuster trade for Cavaliers’ guard Kyrie Irving was needed after the 53-win team fell short against Cleveland in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. “We got bounced pretty hard last year in the playoffs, and then those guys got bounced pretty hard after that,” Grousbeck, referencing the Cavs and Irving losing to the Warriors in the finals, told reporters this morning at the topping off ceremony for the Celtics’ new training facility, the Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters in Brighton. “So we didn’t feel we were at the top, we didn’t feel we were where we wanted to be, so that’s what you do when you run a team, you do what you have to do to try to get better.”