1:29 – Expectations for this team right out of the gate. Will the poor preseason performance affect the Celtics in the regular season?
Expectations and predictions for the 2018-19 Celtics
4:45 – Who is the best team in the East besides the Celtics? The Raptors better with Kawhi over DeRozan? 76ers the next team in the East?
Im just not too worried about Kyrie, Grousbeck said at the time. I think hes going to see what we have and hes going to be part of leading it and building it. And if you lead something and build something in Boston, thats a legacy. And that could end up in the rafters (with a retired jersey number), OK. And you really cant say that anywhere else.
Kyrie Irvings announcement was a surprise to the Celtics Danny Ainge
13:10 – Who challenges Golden State out West? Fascinating how the Celtics will handle the pressure and expectations.
17:17 – Kyrie Irving talks about the designing of his shoes, recaps his summer, and says he is “ready to kill” and is grateful to be with the Celtics organization.
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Gordon Hayward gets the ball at half court and dribbles up to three point line where Marcus Morris sets a screen. He takes a dribble towards the screen where the defender anticipates the contact and sneaks a peak to look for a way around it. Meanwhile the screen defender is hedging to make a switch. Seeing the angles, Hayward changes direction which knocks the 2 defenders into each other, opening a lane. Gordon fills the open space, drawing a wing defender down to cut off his lane, which leaves an open shooter in the corner.
20:26 – Al Horford discusses who has made the biggest leap from last season, how good the starting five can be, and being a mentor to Robert Williams.
24:07 – Gordon Hayward on the chemistry of the team, comparisons to the Golden State Warriors, and how his passion for the game refueled after his injury.
29:28 – Draper, Blakely, and Forsberg give their predictions for the Celtics win total for the 2018-2019 season.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report explored Irving’s mindset as he gets ready to begin his second season with the Boston Celtics, the team that acquired him last year after the guard requested a trade from the Cavs. In looking at the eight-year veteran’s entire professional career, Beck noted that Irving’s time with the Cavaliers caused some friction with his teammates:
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving spoke those words in front of the fans at TD Garden last Thursday, much to the delight of the crowd. Irving had previously hinted at wanting to stay in Boston, and his first definitive statement about doing so came as a surprise to the fans gathered for the event.
“Irving can come across as distant, aloof. The word ‘moody’ is mentioned often among those who worked with him in Cleveland. There were reports of him disengaging with teammates for days at a time, feeding perceptions of Irving as self-centered, difficult or perhaps just uncomfortable in LeBron’s (James) orbit.”
The timing of the declaration also came as a surprise to Danny Ainge, the teams president of basketball operations.
“‘He was challenging me in a sense, to see how I was gonna handle it,’ says Handy, who grew close to Irving in their four years together. ‘It wasn’t just a smooth start. This kid, he was very evasive, and he was doing it on purpose. We laugh and joke about it now, because we’re well beyond it.’
Kyrie just wanted to make that announcement then. I didnt know he was going to make it then and there, Ainge said Thursday during an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hubs Toucher & Rich.
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I think its kind of neat that he did it where he did it, with all of the fans there on that night.
By signing an extension now, Rozier would almost certainly be sacrificing money and would do so for a team that cannot guarantee him the sort of role he undoubtedly desires moving forward. With Irving having surprisingly expressed his intentions to re-sign with Boston next summer, the Celtics are set to commit roughly $45 million to Irving and Smart, all while a potential big-money deal looms further down the road for current starting 2-guard Jaylen Brown.
Irving had told Ainge, along with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, that he loved Boston and wanted to stay prior to his announcement last week. Though the timing of the announcement may have surprised Ainge, he knew it was coming eventually.
The fact that he wanted to announce that and just get it out there was not surprising to us, Ainge said. We felt like we were going to move forward with Kyrie for years to come. We had talked about it a little bit, but I guess that was just when he was ready to tell everybody he wanted to stay.
Despite the Celtics guards early announcement, all negotiations and contract talk will have to wait until July 1. Even though conversations have to be put on hold until next summer, Ainge is optimistic.