It didn’t take to long after the elimination against the Bucks, for the dirty laundry of the Boston Celtics to come up. Terry Rozier opened his soul today, and it was huge.
The backup point guard, who has been a starter during last season’s surprising playoff run, when Boston reached the conference finals and played seven games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, didn’t want to be quiet anymore.
He first started to open some five days ago, but during today’s expose, Rozier was much more direct than before. He stated that he isn’t willing to come back if some players are still in Boston after the season ends.
“I might have to go. I put up with a lot this year, so I said what I said after this season,” he said.
Rozier was talking about many things but what most of the people want to know, is why Celtics underachieved so badly this season.
The main reason was, according to the player, the fact they did one thing during the practice, and another during the game. It seems that the game plan wasn’t followed at all, but instead, it all came down to what Kyrie Irving is going to do.
Meanwhile, it appears that Uncle Drew’s wishes were always in the middle of everything and that all other players had to adjust towards him.
“You just have to adjust to his style. Whatever Kyrie wants done, he’s gonna show it, that’s what he wants done.”
Rozier also mentioned Gordon Hayward as the second guy in the equation, saying that these two were treated differently by Brad Stevens and the rest of the coaching staff. He suggested that unlike other players on the team, Irving and Hayward didn’t have to adjust to anything.
“I just feel like they treated them like they was on that level where there were no adjustments that could be made because they are who they are,” said Rozier.
The clash of the young and old core of the team was something which tore this team apart. That is obvious now. Youngsters, who surprised everyone last season with an excellent campaign in which they played on their own, without the help of injured Irving and Hayward, didn’t want to accept new leaders.
On the other side, two above-mentioned guys were under the impression that Boston is still their team and the animosity between the two groups appeared.
There were a lot of comments throughout the season which were revealing bad blood among the Celtics, and as the season went by they became louder and louder. It reached the point when there wasn’t a chance to hide it anymore, and because of this, Celtics’ season was destined to become a failure.
As for Rozier, he thinks that he was the one who lost the most in this story. After Kyrie’s comeback, Scary Terry’s minutes and numbers dropped significantly. And the difference between the playoffs this and the last year is enormous.
During the previous run, the 25-year old spent 36.6 minutes on the court and had 16.5 buckets per night. He also contributed with 5.7 assists and 5.3 boards. This season, he had 6.4 points, 4.3 boards, and 1.9 assists in just 18 minutes.
So, to be honest, when we cross-examine these two seasons and situations, Rozier’s frustrations do have a point.
He will be a restricted free agent this offseason. As said earlier, he isn’t willing to come back if everything stays the same. Rozier wants his chance to play against the best in the league.
“I expect for me to get my chance, whether it’s with the Celtics or anywhere else,” the player stated.
And what about the Celtics? What are they going to do? There are lot of open questions and “if” words in them. What if Kyrie goes? What if he stays? What if Anthony Davis wants to land at TD Garden?
This might be a decisive summer for this generation of Celtic, and maybe for coach Stevens. If they fail to correct all the mistakes from the past, a rebuild will be a must for them. And that is something they didn’t plan.