Pagliuca: 'We have stuck to a plan of trying to win championships'


Pagliuca: 'We have stuck to a plan of trying to win championships'

Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined "Felger and Mazz" in studio and talked about what they would have done if Kevin Garnett had retired.

"If you had gone totally young, would the fans have been accepting of it?," Tony Massarotti asked Pagliuca.

"I think so because Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has proven he can do it," Pagliuca said. "We have stuck with the plan to try and win win championships."

Pagliuca said other teams have made mistakes and tried to bring in an older player or two for a short-term fix, but he trusts Ainge's ability to build a winner.

Still, without KG, would the Celtics have "blown it up?," Michael Felger asked Grousbeck.

"That's hard to say," Grousbeck answered. "We still would have looked a guy like Jeff Green and said this is a guy we have to have for the future."

Eventually, the owners agreed, a rebuilding will have to happen.

"We're not going to have everybody here when they're 45 years old," Grousbeck said.

The owners pointed to the San Antonio Spurs as an example of a team that has been able to remain a championship contender while remaking its roster year after year.

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the Celtics will have to turn to the buyout market if they are looking to make changes to their roster.

Talking to CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Danny Ainge explained why signing players who have  been bought out can be a risky move for a team like the Celtics.

“We’ll weigh each guy that comes on the market and see if that can be a boost to our team,” explained Ainge. “At the same time, I like our team. Bringing in new players sometimes messes up your whole chemistry, and it shifts somebody into a different role that they’re not accustomed to doing. You better know what you’re getting.

“We brought in Michael Finley, Sam Cassell. . . PJ Brown turned out to be a very good asset to us. Most of the time it sort of disrupts things. At the end of the year you go, ‘wow, we probably shouldn’t have done that.’ Even though on paper it looked like a great acquisition, it wasn’t as good as everyone thought it would be.”

Isaiah Thomas 'didn’t mean to shake the internet' with emojis

Isaiah Thomas 'didn’t mean to shake the internet' with emojis

BOSTON --  Isaiah Thomas has been a major draw on the floor most of this season which is what you expect from a 5-foot-9 guard who is a two-time All-Star.

And while his game is usually what sets him apart, it was a pair of social media messages that sent the NBA world abuzz with what many thought was a coded message regarding a Boston Celtics trade.

As it turned out, the Celtics decided to stand pat at the trade deadline with a roster that’s getting healthier. But that didn’t address what many were wondering.

What was up with those emoji eyeballs, something Thomas had not tweeted since last summer around the time Boston landed Al Horford.

Thomas wasn’t trying to pass along any free agent clue or anything of the like, he said.

“I was watching a TV show,” Thomas said.

He also posted one of an hour glass.

“Time is ticking man,” Thomas said.

Thomas had no idea that what he thought was a seemingly harmless tweet, would generate so much attention and speculation afterwards about the Celtics who were once again square and center in the trade rumor mill.

“I didn’t (know) until I did it and then I realized the whole world was talking,” said Thomas, grinning after the team’s first practice following the all-star break on Wednesday. “I didn’t mean to shake the internet like that. I didn’t mean to do that to y’all.”