It’s been…three weeks (give or take) since the Celtics’ season came to an end. I think it’s safe to say that Celtics fans are still not quite over it. I know I’m not. I mean, I know I, along with others, have been critical of the Cs all season given how inconsistent they were, but I had a glimmer of hope after watching them sweep the Pacers back in April.
Hahaha. Glimmer of hope. Hahaha.
Admittedly, at first, I wanted to play the blame game. Who should be held responsible for what happened? Danny Ainge? Brad Stevens? Kyrie? All the other divas in the lineup?
All of the above?
And I know, we should be more positive here at Sports Are From Venus and focus less on the blame game and more on who is going to make sure next season is different. But here’s the thing. I’m still pretty annoyed at it all and I can’t side with those who don’t believe that Kyrie and the rest of the divas did not play a significant role in this horrible season. I mean, case in point:
Terry Rozier thanks his friends and family: “Because I’ve been dealing with some bullshit. I feel like we all still had that one goal. It wasn’t easy on coach dealing with a lot of guys that want to be great trying to get theirs.”— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 9, 2019
And I’m just going to go ahead and say it – Kyrie was the biggest diva of them all going from, “I’ll be in Boston for a while” before the season started to having one foot on another team’s court before the playoffs. Sure, there were other elements that went into this season – Brad Stevens not meshing with Kyrie, injuries (including Kyrie’s), Gordon Hayward still not being 100%, etc. but…sorry, I think Kyrie takes most of the blame. Plus, in addition to not meshing with Stevens, Kyrie never meshed well with any of his teammates and that was more than obvious on numerous occasions.
Agree? Disagree? Please do tell.
But before you do, let’s focus on a few positives. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and even Terry Rozier all had an amazing season. When Kyrie was injured during the season, Tatum got the starts and when he did, the offense was so much more efficient. They flowed. When on the court, Kyrie was, to sound a bit childish (silence from the peanut gallery 😁), a ball hog. If the Celtics can refrain from trading away Tatum and Brown in favor of Anthony Davis, they, along with Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and a Gordon Hayward two-years removed from that season ending injury in 17, give the team the best chance at a better season. You know, in my opinion 😁
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