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Is there a "core" problem?

 At their core, the C's have been led by JT, JB, and Marcus Smart. Is this trio the issue?! Are they the wrong mix of players? Does one or more need to go? Or should there be patience for a team that is still relatively young NBA wise. We see most players don't win their first ring until about that 27 year of age. There are some exceptions but realistically it does take time. 

With that said does there need to be a shake up... I'll be honest I love JT and want him to become an all time Celtic. Trading him or letting him walk as a free agent should never, ever happen. JB I love in moments yet I could see them moving on from him. Do I want them too, no I really don't. They need a coach who will use his skill set the right way. Don't let him dribble the damn ball, have him become a cutter! Find a guy who can get him the rock in the right places with minimal dribbles. 

Marcus Smart who I've loved since he was drafted... I'm torn, he brings a lot on the defensive end. Yet injuries are starting to pile up. Offensively he thinks he's an alpha but realistically he isn't. Everytime he jacks up a three I'd like to punch my TV. He can be very careless with his passing. I don't mind when he drives or posts up smaller guards. He just needs to have a role on this team and the coaching staff has set no hierarchy. 

I feel for example when players know their roles they tend to stick to them. Case and point the Denver Nuggets. That team knows the Joker and Murray are their golden gooses. Everyone else does their job and doesn't go off the deep end. Bruce Brown great role player, does his job. Aaron Gordon not an alpha but a solid piece. KCP another guy who just does what's needed. Unfortunately Brad instituted that "team" but there needs to be "THE GUY". Ime tried to keep the team concept but with a bit more emphasis on Tatum being the chosen one. Joe doesn't define any roles and let's Marcus run all over him as Coach. He's allowed Marcus to think he's in Tatum's air space which he is not. 

What is key going forward is making sure that Tatum and Brown are paid and you bring in guys who fit their games. Get me a point guard who can find Brown and Tatum in their spots. That doesn't mean Marcus needs to go, but I'd take CP3 in a heartbeat. We need bigs Al is hitting the wall and showing his age. Robert Williams is never going to be fully healthy. Get me a dog in the post who has some offensive game, but loves to rebound and play D. One who hates shooting the three ball. I want Derrick White as a Celtic for as long as he wants to be here. I would also like to keep Malcolm Brogdon. 

This roster is flawed, just like their coach, GM, and owner. There has to be improvement. Sam Cassell and Charles Lee are good moves. The shoot threes and play no D mantra of Joe needs to die and be buried in a deep hole. It's hard for me to wrap my head around one title in thirty seven years. That number of winning only one ring has been matched by the Denver Nuggets. Their ring is more recent then ours. Unacceptable for the greatest franchise in basketball. 

I'm spoiled by the fact I remember seeing the 80s C's win and exemplify Celtic Pride. I also witnessed Michael Jordan and his greatness. The expectation was win and that's it. I have a high standard for what winning looks like and right now the C's aren't there. Semi rant and thoughts over. 

Kudos and Congrats to Bruce Cassidy, coaching the Vegas Knights to the Stanley Cup! When he lifted that cup you could see him say F... Yeah! Always loved him as Bruins Coach. 

Bleed Green Celtic Pride๐Ÿ€☘️๐Ÿ€


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