A recent article by ESPN reporter Tim Bontemps shed some light on what scouts and executives from opposing teams think about the Boston Celtics and their current quest to improve the team to contending status as they build around star forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and — spoiler alert — the opinions of the state of the team and its recent history are by and large not especially praiseworthy.
“Stuck in neutral” in their quest for contention according to one respondent, the Celtics find themselves needing upgrades up and down the roster if they want to truly be in the thick of a title chase, yet have far less assets with which to do it thanks to a slow and steady talent drain under previous team president Danny Ainge.
Is this a fair depiction of the Celtics this season? Or a bit of hyperbole cooked up by opposing executives to try and create some cracks in the foundation of a potential future juggernaut? The hosts of the CLNS Media podcast “The Garden Report” dove into this question on the most recent episode of their pod.
Watch the video embedded above to hear their takes on the team’s status quo, and whether they feel the critiques of Boston in that article were accurate.
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