Sports NBA: Tensions at the Celtics: Was Griffin warned against change?
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The Boston Celtics went through 2020/21 a season from hell, in addition to sporty disappointments, there was apparently also off the place of team-internal "tensions". Blake Griffin should probably have been warned before a change to the Celtics.
This comes from a report by Jared Weiss ( The Athletic ). Accordingly, after his buyout at the Detroit Piston in March, Griffin asked a player of Celtics to join the team. The anonymous player is said to have advised him with reference to an alleged "dysfunction" within the team.
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Griffin finally joined the Brooklyn Nets, with which he failed in the Eastern Conference Semifinals only in a highly competitive game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Overtime (). In the first round Brooklyn had just eliminated those Celtics in just 5 games from the playoffs.
The Celtics only went to the postseeason as a 7-seater after completing the regular season with only 36 wins and 36 defeats. In the Play-in-Game, Jayson Tatum and Co. continued against the Wizards. Nevertheless, at the end was a disappointing season.
The internal quarrels apparently also included the relationship between the then Head Coach Brad Stevens, which is now switched to the post of President of Basketball Operations, and Kemba Walker..
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White refers to the relationship between Walker and Stevens during the season as "tense". Apparently, the coach should have been harder towards Walker than to other star players and submitted him for bugs in the defense to the pillory. Although there were verbal quarrels between the two more often, both should have respected each other.
apparently Gordon Hayward has advised the Charlotte Hornets in the offseason 2020 Stevens, after changing the Charlotte Hornets, to be harder to his star players. Nevertheless, for example, he should have treated Marcus Smart preferably, which probably did not get well in the cabin. Therefore, several players should have welcomed the change from Stevens to the Front Office.
Who becomes the new strong man on the sideline is currently still open..
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