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Celtics 2021-22 front office: How much is too much?


I needed to write this! I fully understand that the NBA is big business now, meaning big money. The teams spend fortunes on player contracts and enormous money on untold numbers of staff folks. I stopped counting when I got to 100 Celtics staff members for the upcoming season. As a comparison, here is the complete front office list for the 1960-61 Celtics season:


Walter BrownOwner1946-1947N/A
Lou PieriOwner1950-1951N/A
Red AuerbachHead Coach, General Manager1950-1951Head Coach (Atlanta Hawks, 1949 to 1950)
Johnny MostRadio Broadcaster1953-1954N/A



You get my point. How much is too much? Take out the owners and the much-loved announcer, Johnny Most, and Red Auerbach WAS the Celtics front office. He did everything. Now with Danny Ainge exiting, Brad Stevens has been installed as President of Basketball Operations - Ime Udoka is in as head coach - and the team is searching for a General Manager.

Is this a case of too many chefs in the stew (or however that saying goes)? There must come a point where disagreements and confusion rein with far too much input from too many sources. I often crack, "A meeting attended by more than two people is close to worthless." May I add that too many team staff members at very least presents diminishing returns - and at most, might disrupt the efficient operation of an NBA franshise.

And with all due respect to Francis O"Bryant, currently listed dead-last on the seemingly-endless list of Celtics staff, could someone tell me what Operations Liaison does. Good to see Leon Powe on hat list, though.




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