Wyc Grousbeck Rumors
“I will be wearing my championship ring,” said Grousbeck. “That is the one lucky charm I have in my life.” Grousbeck is quick to downplay the influence of the person representing the team behind the scenes. Said Grousbeck, “I actually don’t believe that who is sitting there has any influence. … I actually believe it’s just pretty random and it doesn’t matter who is sitting there.” But Grousbeck is excited about having All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas on stage for the television reveal.
And then there’s third-year coach Brad Stevens. “Everybody sees the stuff on the court and it’s amazing the after-timeout calls and everything else, the X’s and O’s, and the quiet, calm leadership,” said Grousbeck. “But [Stevens is] getting a little more fiery. He’s talking to refs a little bit more. I think he’s growing into his role. I have complete confidence in him. “But it’s what maybe you don’t see as an ordinary fan — the way he is at practice, the way he is on the team plane, the way he is at community dinners, community appearances, the way he is with his family. A to Z, he’s the guy that we want to have coaching the Celtics.”
The allure of the Nets had nothing to do with them threatening Boston in the Atlantic Division; Brooklyn was harmless. Instead, the fervent interest that swelled with each loss was about one enchanting possibility. It was about the first-round draft pick the Celtics would receive from the Nets. “I’ll admit,” Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said, “I was tracking Nets games.”
To be fair, Brooklyn was not expected to implode so suddenly. Grousbeck remembers sitting in Boston’s draft-night war room while approving the trade and discussing the benefits of the future picks. No one in the room viewed the 2016 choice as a potential gem, he said. “We thought the Nets were putting together a good team,” Grousbeck said. “I suspect neither we nor the Nets thought it would be this high this year, otherwise there might have been some protection on the pick.”