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Wyc Grousbeck: Celtics hoped for bigger moves
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On July 20, 2014 @ 1:20 pm In General | No Comments
The best place for Celtics  news these days seems to come from following the Red Sox . After running into Kris Humphries  at the MLB All-Star Game, our own Rob Bradford bumped into C’s owner Wyc Grousbeck at Fenway Park .
Grousbeck, of course, provided the now infamous “fireworks” comment  earlier this year, and he’s just as disappointed as most Celtics  fans about the team’s failure to pair another star with Rajon Rondo  so far this summer.
“We had definitely hoped to try to make bigger moves this offseason, to be honest,” he said. “Having said that, it takes two partners to make a trade, so we focused on longterm trying to build the club. We think we’re a better team now — positioned for the future, some new young talent and even more draft picks — but it’s been a patient summer so far, and I’m not always the most patient guy.”
Without saying as much, Grousbeck vaguely referenced the Kevin Love  sweepstakes. As rumors link Love’s future with the Cavaliers , the C’s owner preferred instead to focus on his biggest positive of this summer: Brad Stevens .
“I don’t want to talk about anybody else’s player, but I would say this is Brad Stevens ‘ first offseason,” added Grousbeck. “Actually, when I think about the offseason, I think about Brad evaluating our players and working with [Celtics  president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] to evaluate the college talent, and it’s actually meshed really well. They were very much in synch on draft night, so that’s a positive for me. Brad is so excited to be here and to be building this thing. He’s impatient as well, but his work ethic is extraordinary.”
Love joining the Cavs would be a disappointment for a Celtics front office hoping to make a splash this summer, but at least Grousbeck is pleased about one storyline you may have heard about in Cleveland .
“I’m really happy for LeBron [James], which is not something I ever thought I would say,” he said. “I’m happy for Cleveland, which is something I never really thought I would say. It makes me feel good about the NBA. The NBA is in a golden era right now, and LeBron has a lot to do with that. And this move just shows his quality.”
While Cleveland’s fortunes have reversed rather quickly, the Celtics continue to plod along what may prove to be a far longer road back to NBA championship contention than Grousbeck would have preferred.
“We’re lucky we got to the top of that mountain one time,” he told Bradford prior to Sunday’s Red Sox  game. “It makes you all the hungrier to get back. Actually, now that we’re here at Fenway, I asked John Henry after his second what it was like, and he said it was better than the first, and I hope to have that feeling some day. We’ll see.”
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URLs in this post:
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Red Sox: http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm
 running into Kris Humphries: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2014/07/14/kris-humphries-i-could-definitely-return-to-celtics/
 Fenway Park: http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm
 the now infamous “fireworks” comment: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2014/07/17/defending-danny-ainge-celtics-fireworks-fiz
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Kevin Love: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm
 rumors link Love’s future with the Cavaliers: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11232868/cleveland-cavaliers-minnesota-timberwolves-talking-trade-involving-kevin-love-andrew-wiggins-anthony-bennett
 Brad Stevens: http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm
 one storyline you may have heard about in Cleveland: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2014/07/11/what-lebron-james-decision-means-to-the-celtics/
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