The Boston Celtics knew this day was coming.
With an aging cast that bowed out in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Celtics knew it was time to clean house and traded swingman Paul Pierce and power forward Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. Head coach Doc Rivers moved on to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Celtics hired former Butler Bulldogs’ coach Brad Stevens to replace him.
Despite a 22-43 record, the team’s owner remains optimistic.
“I think since 2007 we knew this year was coming,” Celtics’ owner Wyc Grousbeck told Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “We didn’t know when it would be, probably thought it would be before 2014. The fact that Brad is here and Danny is at the top of his game makes it easier for me as CEO to get through this year because I think we have the pieces in place for our next run as a contender. We have our coach, our GM, a bunch of young kids and a bunch of draft picks, so I feel like we’re better off.
“First of all, we had a longer run than I thought with the Big Three [Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen] and I think we’re a little bit better off this year in looking forward than we could have. But I have to be honest, it’s been a tough year.”
Although Grousbeck admits it has been a tough year, blowing the Celtics up was certainly the right move to make.