Los Boston Celtics they were eliminated in seven games by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and everything pointed to an earthquake in the Massachusetts franchise. However, the general manager Brad Stevens took the situation in stride and decided to keep his core.
Stevens declared at a press conference that both Coach Joe Mazzulla as the shooting guard Jaylen Brown they will continue in the team for the next season.
“I think (Mazzulla) did a very good job with this group. Everyone is going to hype about the best players and coaches after every game, that’s how it is,” Stevens said. “He is a great leader, he will only get better with what he can learn this year because he always tries to learn and takes responsibility, two great leadership qualities.”
Mazzulla was chosen as the interim for the Celtics after the separation of Ime Udoka. Despite taking the reins of the team almost nothing before the start of the regular season, coach had 57 wins, second-most for a first-year coach behind only Bill Russell’s 60 in 1966-67.
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Jaylen Brown is part of the Celtics’ core
Stevens also claimed that Management’s intent is to keep the Celtics’ core intactmade up of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams and Al Horford.
Multiple reports pointed out that the first player to leave Boston after the loss against Miami would be Brown for his poor performance in the final game with eight losses. However, the manager said that he sees it in the future of the Celtics.
“We definitely want Jaylen to be here. He is a fundamental part of us, we believe in him and we are grateful”, said the general manager of the Celtics. “I appreciate it when they are successful and go back to work; and when they lose, they assimilate it and go back to work. Those qualities don’t have everyone. So Jaylen had a great year, an All-NBA year, and he’s a big part of our future.”.
During the regular season, Brown was the ninth leading scorer in the NBA with an average of 26.6 points per game.. In addition, he had his career best numbers in rebounds and assists with 6.9 and 3.5, respectively.
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