Wyc Grousbeck Rumors
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But Grousbeck, as he explained during an interview seen on the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance, doesn’t believe “rebuild” is a fitting term to describe what the C’s are going through. “I think we’re looking at it as we gotta take a step forward from last year,” Grousbeck said. “Last year was too up-and-down. We all saw it, we all lived through it. I’m not afraid of any words, basically. I’ve been on this show a lot and I’ve said a bunch of words. You can go back in the archives. Not afraid of any words, but it doesn’t feel like a rebuild when we’ve got two young All-Stars last year and we still have them this year. We have Marcus Smart and Rob Williams playing well and we extended them. It doesn’t feel like a classic rebuild. It feels like let’s take a step forward. So, we’ve made some changes including a new team president stepping up, a new coach and five or six players coming in. It feels like definitely a change and I’m not afraid to say it.”
When Buss began attending the N.B.A.’s Board of Governors meetings for the Lakers in 1995, she was intimidated by some of the glares directed her way. These days, she trades barbs with the best of them. “Jeanie has always had that special spark,” said Wyc Grousbeck, who led a group that bought the Celtics in 2002. “People want her to do well. They’re happy when she succeeds. They know she’s earned it — and I mean the ‘earned it’ part. She’s respected unequivocally among the league, by the owners, by the players. She’s got steel in her veins.”
Stevens finalized a deal to hire Udoka as Boston’s new head coach on June 21st. However, according to league sources, he handled interviews for the head coaching position individually before the final round of interviews. At that point, Boston’s director of player development Alison Feaster was the only member of the team’s front office that was a part of the final round of interviews with Stevens along with co-owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca.
Jared Weiss: Wyc Grousbeck on if Brad Stevens would have remained Celtics coach next season: “Who knows? If he wanted to be, he would be. He was not going to be let go. If he wanted to be the coach, he would be the coach. But he preferred to be President.”