The Boston Celtics were the Eastern Conference Champions in 2021. If they wish to meet that mark, or exceed it, they’ll need to do so without their now-suspended head coach, Ime Udoka. In steps interim coach, Joe Mazzulla. A highly coveted, young coach who was on his way to a head coaching job, with or without Boston. We know interim coaches are much looser on players – specifically star players. Udoka’s season-long suspension should have little impact on the Celtics player’s performance. The top guys will continue to shine. Anything less than another Eastern Conference crown for the Boston Celtics is a failure. Some would say, not winning the whole thing is a failure.Please, blog, may I have some more?
This will be an interesting season for the Celtics as a lot of things are now different in Boston. From the front office to the coaching staff, the Celtics have some new personnel. Brad Stevens will now be the new president of basketball operations following Danny Ainge’s departure. Stevens was the coach of the Celtics since 2013 but he will find himself in a very different role, having to manage more than just what the players will do in practice and what rotations he should put out on the floor. Taking over for him as head coach will be Ime Udoka, who has had stints as an assistant coach with the Spurs, the 76ers, and more recently the Nets. With a gritty and defensive mindset let’s see how he can shake things up on the court.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Celtics have enjoyed four straight winning seasons, with the trend likely continuing this season despite losing several key pieces. Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Morris all bolted for greener pastures. These may seem like a devastating losses, but opportunities are now present for young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to step up and take their games to the next level. Gordon Hayward is another year removed from his gruesome injury and should be a bounce back candidate. Oh, and the additions of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter don’t hurt either. The Celts did some addition by subtraction, and are primed to challenge for the Eastern Conference title yet again.Please, blog, may I have some more?