After their sensational second half of the season that ended with a presence in the Finals, the Celtics enter the 22-23 season as one of the big favorites in the East, for some even the main candidates. This, however, is a position that does not seem to like Wyc Grousbeck, co-owner of the franchise, who wanted to throw balls out and reject the position. In his opinion, the success of the recent postseason has made the team they have, which he does not consider above the other powers in the conference, overrated.
“I loved being a part of the Celtics in the last few playoffs. I loved being there with the team, it was very exciting. But the other side of the coin is that I think we are overvalued right now »he assured in his statements to Adam Himmelsbach, a journalist from The Boston Globe. “I think our performance is a bit overrated in the minds of the general public.”
“We got to the finals and were two wins away from the title, but if you look back, Brooklyn was actually a tough series, then we had to play two Game 7s against Milwaukee and Miami, and we lost to Golden State. So I don’t think we’re clear favorites in the East or anything like that right now. I think we are a quality team.”
The truth is that, even if the Celtics’ record in recent playoffs had been more incontestable, words like these from Grousbeck tend to be smart in order to bring the roster down to earth and prevent the creation of a bubble that could go to the detriment of the team if things don’t go smoothly from the start. Achieving success in elite sport is very complicated and usually a matter of detail, so even with great rosters like Boston’s, nothing is guaranteed. Of course, those from Massachusetts start as one of the candidates for everything, but it would be a mistake to believe that their presence in the Finals places them above the rest of the applicants, a mistake that it seems they will not make.
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