The Boston Celtics aren’t going to very good this year.
Call it tanking if you want, whatever definition you want to label it, it’s going to be a long season for Brad Stevens and company, something newly acquired big man Kris Humphries isn’t exactly thrilled with.
“Last year was a tough situation, up and down. For whatever reason, sometimes things just don’t work out,” Humphries said. “No real fingers to point; I’m just in a different situation now. I’m motivated and I’m looking to make the most out of it. It’s funny, of all the places I would end up, I never thought I would play in Boston, but just from being around those guys, it should be exciting. We’re out to try to prove that we’re a team that can compete every night, and whenever people sort of write you off, it’s a lot of motivation.
“I’m not looking to be a part of a tanking situation. I know that [president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge has said that they’re not looking to tank, and I’m sure Brad Stevens coming in is definitely not looking to do that. So it’s just about competing and bringing it every night. We’re going to have to figure out ways to win and continue to get better, and it starts with camp.”
Tanking or not, Boston is going to be in contention for one of the worst records in the league. So while Humphries may not be ‘looking’, he’s likely going to find it.
And I’m sure Boston would love nothing more than to get Humphries and his $12,000,000 expiring contract off their books soon as possible.