Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Felger & Mazz to talk all things Celtics ahead of Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
One of the big topics was the Celtics’ incredible run through the playoffs and how they’ve pulled it off without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Grousbeck has been on the record with the show that head coach Brad Stevens makes a major difference for them, which has been questioned considering the NBA’s reputation as being a player-driven and superstar-driven league.
Grousbeck essentially doubled down on his argument on Tuesday, citing the team’s “underdog spirit” in winning the first two rounds of the playoffs and convincingly beating LeBron James and the Cavs in Game 1 on Sunday.
“It think that it’s so clear that our team spirit matters,” Grousbeck said. “This group is not jaded and they’re not individuals and they’re not looking for their next contract. They’re not looking for their next basket.”
It’s hard not to feel good about the C’s as an organization. From the ownership to the front office to the coaching staff, the Celtics have among the best stability in the NBA. Grousbeck believes it’ll be a significant factor in the team’s ability to win for a long time. At the end of the day, he feels strongly about the organization’s identity and program, which may be good enough to win without a player the caliber of LeBron.
“I think our brand of winning in the NBA … is all about coaching and spirit and selecting the players,” Grousbeck said. It’s a brand of winning that could redefine the possibilities for championship teams in the future.
Grousbeck also talked about how “surprised” he still is in the Celtics’ run, plus how concerned he is about LeBron James in Game 2. Listen above for the full interview!