Transcript of Wyc Grousbeck with Dale & Holley
|06.15.09 at 1:35 pm ET|
On if it was painful to see the Lakers win the title: ‘It was. Having had the trophy it’s always disappointing to see someone else win it. We’re going to try and knock them off their perch next year.’
On Red Auerbach vs. Phil Jackson: ‘I stand with Red. He assembled and coached his teams. He would even arrange trips to Europe and Russia. Sometimes he’d even drive the bus. His fingerprints are on every single one of those banners.’
On the Celtics’ chances of repeating had they stayed healthy: ‘I think that’s for losers to think that way. I don’t think that’s an out.’
On Kevin Garnett‘s rehab/recovery: ‘We are extremely excited. He’s been in the facility everyday, and most of the team’s been there as well.’
Comparing Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce: ‘There are different ways to look at that.
You have to give [Kobe] his due. I like our team and will focus on helping Danny [Ainge] improve it for next year.’
Addressing recently swirling trade rumors: ‘What not many people realize is how many calls are made and received throughout the league. We had a starting five that went a record 27-2. We can also offer someone a full max contract to someone next summer.’
On his views of the NBA’s salary cap: ‘I didn’t really care about it as a fan. I wanted to put together an ownership group that would be able to put the best team on the floor and win. I’ll go find the money, and we’ll go in for another banner. The league has things in place to keep a lot of that from happening but we have a good revenue sharing system between the players and the owners in place. There’s a lot of sharing in between.’
On the important free agency summer of 2010: ‘There is a scenario under which we could do that.’
On the economy’s impact on the Celtics: ‘We start with the fans and thank them for their support. I think we have something like 110 sellouts in a row, and the stuck with us despite injuries. We’re lucky to have them. They help attract free agents who want to play in front of these fans. We don’t want to be smug about how well we’re doing; we just want to thank our fans. We’re fortunate to also have been able to keep season ticket prices the same for this year.’
On NBA officiating: ‘I think they’re trying really hard. I can’t say it’s getting better. Each call and non-call gets looked at by the league and gets graded. Just by studying those figures, there’s no lack of effort, but it’s not getting better. Why don’t you worry about winning and the officiating last?’
On how the NBA does business: ‘If there are issues, the league office will resolve it.’
On how much stock the C’s put into a player’s character before signing: ‘It’s a big deal. It’s good to see the players we drafted out of high school like Kendrick Perkins go to a charity dinner and then later in the evening ask us if it’s okay to leave. We told him it was perfectly fine. He left this dinner to work out at 10:30 at night. We tell out players that they’re going to participate on and off the court. If not, they’re gone.’
On guard Stephon Marbury: ‘He did his part character-wise. He lived up to his word that he wanted to be a good teammate. It didn’t entirely work out as we and he had hoped.’
On the impending NBA Draft: “It won’t be a snooze with Danny at the helm. He’s made draft-day trades every year. He’s always working on deals that day, so we’ll see what happens.’
On Danny Ainge: ‘We’re all on the same page. He’s a busy guy, a great GM. He was a great hire. We wanted Danny and we got him.’
On the coach Doc Rivers‘ anticipation for next season: ‘I received a text from Doc saying, ‘Let’s get back to the finals.’
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