Co-owner Steve Pagliuca hopeful Celtics can still be a contender in 2019-20
The Boston Celtics lost two key players this offseason, with Kyrie Irving deciding to join the Brooklyn Nets and Al Horford choosing to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite what could be said as vital losses, however, Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca remains optimistic about the team’s future.
In an interview with Nicole Yang of Boston Globe, the team executive noted that there is no longer a clear favorite to win the title in the NBA. With that said, he is hopeful that the new-look Boston squad can make their case as legitimate championship contenders in the upcoming season.
“We’re not going into the year where there’s kind of a clear favorite that everybody has to beat. There are probably six or eight teams that everybody has to beat, and hopefully we’re one of them. It’s going to be one of the most balanced and fun seasons we’ve seen in our whole regime,” Pagliuca said.
The Celtics were able to recover from the departures of Irving and Horford by signing All-Star point guard in Kemba Walker and veteran center Enes Kanter. However, they know they still have a lot of work to do, especially with other Eastern Conference teams also improving.
Boston, with their talent and potential, can still be considered as one of the best teams in the league. But as seen in their performance last season, they also have the tendency to be inconsistent.
If the Celtics improve their chemistry and learn how to play as a cohesive unit in 2019-20, Pagliuca might just see his team thrive and return to relevance.