OFFSEASON

Grousbeck: 'I want Miami to lose so badly'

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Grousbeck: 'I want Miami to lose so badly'

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck hates losing.

So you can imagine with the Celtics ousted in the second round of the playoffs, he hasn't had too much incentive to pay attention to the playoffs.

Oh, he's watching and pulling for one team. Anyone but Miami.

"I'm watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly," said Grousbeck, speaking to WEEI at a charity benefit for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.

Still, Grousbeck acknowledges that based on how the players for both teams performed in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Heat were more deserving to move on.

"I thought they outplayed us in the series," he said. "They had more juice; they had more pop. Can't really deny that."

Grousbeck looks back at the C's Game 4 loss as being the most pivotal game in the series.

"We might have won the thing (with a Game 4 win)," Grousbeck said. "I don't regret it like a huge, missed chance. I'm just annoyed we didn't beat them."

He added, "I'm rooting hard against the Heat."

Grousbeck touched on a number of other Celtics-related topics:

THE KENDRICK PERKINS TRADE
WG: "I love Perk, but I don't think our issue was guarding the 5-spot. Our issue was guarding their 2, 3, 4. So not only did we need Jeff Green, we needed about 3 more of him."

NEEDS FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON
WG: "We ought to look to keep these guys together, and add two or three more pieces if we can, aggressively. Whether we can spend more money than other people that's what we've done before, hit people over the head with the wallet club. The 60M to Pierce, the 100M to Garnett, 40M to Ray Allen, extending Rondo, extending Doc. We basically say, 'come here, we're a big market team. that's the way we run this thing.' If we can hit some people over the head again this summer, we'll do it."

ON BREAKING UP THE BIG 4
WG: "I love the Big 3, the Big 4. I love those guys. I think the fans love seeing them together. I haven't heard anything from Doc or Danny or anybody else about anything we're planning to do."

MARK CUBAN AND WHY GROUSBECK'S ROOTING FOR HIM
WG: "I love the guy. Out of all the owners in the league, when we came in, he said, 'anything you need, I'll help you out.' He did so well, we won the thing before he did. He genuinely roots for us against other teams. He's a Celtics fan when he's not a Mavs fan, and we're going to return the favor."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

OFFSEASON

Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

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Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”

So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.  

Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks.  The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option? 
 

OFFSEASON

Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote has defined him politically.

Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.

Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

You can read Jordan’s full statement here.