Realism, thy name is Wyc Grousbeck.
In an interview with USA Today's Sam Amick, the Managing Partner, Governor and CEO of the Celtics says he understands the rebuilding task the team undertook isn't going to produce quick results.
"Nothing would make me happier than to be contending next year," he said. "We went from basically worst to first in '07-'08.
"Having said that, this is going to be a multiyear process. We've got a young core that we're excited about. We've got picks (seven first-rounders in the next three drafts) and a GM and a coach that looks like a recipe for a lot of success in the future, but it doesn't look like it's an overnight success.
"So we're prepared for the long haul, but we'd love to accelerate it if we could."
Still, having built the Celtics' 2008 championship team by laying a foundation of assets they were able to leverage into the talent necessary to win a title, Grousbeck has confidence in the current straegy.
"It's worked once before, and the converse has not worked -- which is bolting on veterans without a long-term plan," he said. "I actually think there are examples around the league of people who have tried hard to make every year a good year, and you end up in a box and you don't have a future that's as bright as you'd like it to be."
That doesn't make the present any more enjoyable, though.
"[It's] really painful to go through a year when you don't feel like you're a contender," he admits, "but we feel like we're trying to build a contender by playing our kids and building up their value and their skills. Two examples of that come to mind - Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. They're getting a lot more playing time this year on our team than they might get on more established contending teams. Their skills are definitely better having played on the 2014 Celtics than on other teams, and that's going to serve us really well in the future."