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Is a tri-captain approach worth trying for Boston Celtics


 The Los Angeles Clippers did it with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. And the Orlando Magic did it with Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. I know what you're thinking - none of those players are with their former teams anymore. But Danny Ainge appointing Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to a tri-captaincy could be a make-or-break strategy to get this under-achieving group to respond.

I have written repeatedly on the need for a Celtics captain to finally come forward and act in that capacity. An on-court leader has been sorely needed for some time, but never seems to get done. So it may be time to put the trio out there with somewhat-shared leadership duties.

"Somewhat-shared"? Why not? Marcus was named co-captain of Team USA in 2019, along with Kemba Walker, mainly for Smart's defensive ability and drive. That would also be his position in Boston's tri-captaincy. Marcus is the oldest (27) of the three players, and also the longest-tenured in Boston. Playing the role of defensive coordinator, as did Kevin Garnett in his Celtics stint, just fits.

Jayson Tatum-as-offensive coordinator also seems to fit nicely. He is a deadly closer for the Celtics in the final minutes of a tight game, and his passing skills - and willingness to do so - gives him the nod.

So where does that leave Brown? Jaylen takes over the role of Tatum or Smart when either is out of the game. Brown is a solid second-option on offense when Jayson is on the floor, and he has the ability to create his own shot or get the ball to his cohorts at the right time when Jayson sits. Brown admittedly lacks Smart's defensive dedication, but it may be time for him to find it when Marcus is on the bench.

There it is! Time to act! It could be the stimulus needed to prod this crew into action for the post-season, or like the Magic or Clippers, it may spur a blow-up of the current roster sending all three stars elsewhere. What do my readers think?


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