Following Monday night’s 128-114 loss to the Chicago Bulls – and Marcus Smart’s postgame comments – it was clear things aren’t quite right with the Celtics just seven games into the season. It appears that sentiment is shared by those on the roster, as the team reportedly held a players-only meeting on Tuesday after arriving in Orlando for Wednesday night’s game against the Magic.
Appearing on ESPN’s NBA Countdown, Adrian Wojnarowski reported topics discussed in the meeting included Monday’s collapse as well as Smart calling out Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Wojnarowski described the meeting as “emotional at times” but “not a terribly productive meeting – maybe not even beneficial.”
Woj went on to say that these chemistry issues have plagued the Celtics “for a while,” and that they “haunted [Brad Stevens’] regime, especially near the end.” He cited the situation as one first-year head coach Ime Udoka “has to address.” On Twitter, Wojanrowski added that “there remains a lot of work to be done among franchise’s key players.”
The Celtics will have plenty of time together to continue hashing out their issues – the team is currently beginning a three game road trip and will be on the road for six of their next eight games.
UPDATE: Following Tuesday night’s win over the Magic, Ime Udoka characterized the meeting as “a team dinner. We gave the players their time (a half hour) before the coaches arrived.”
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