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Wyc Grousbeck never actually promised fireworks

Steve Bulpett wants to set the record straight.


Man, I can't believe all you people ran with the whole "fireworks" thing all summer long.  I mean, you totally took it out of context and distorted the quote.

Wait. Oh, that's right.  That was actually me doing that.  Well, me and other bloggers and a good portion of the media and fanbase as well.  Mea culpa.  My bad.  Sorry Steve.

Steve Bulpett wanted to set the story straight today, so provided the original full quote in context for his readers and I'll pass it along to you here (with a reminder to click the link and support our friends in the printed paper community).

Wyc Grousbeck’s wish defused | Boston Herald

"I’ve got confidence that with all these picks and these young guys and our willingness to spend money that we can get there," he told the Globe. "We’re a patient group. We will take a multiyear plan if that’s what it takes. But I think this June there could be some fireworks. I think this June we’ve got so many pieces to this puzzle that we might be able to shake loose a real piece or two for this team going forward. So, I’m hoping it’s sooner rather than later."

See, no fireworks were promised.  Hinted at, hoped for, dreamed of, sure.  But no promises.

And Danny did his best to get something done with Kevin Love (and who knows what else) according to sources.

"Boston was in the game," said one opposing general manager. "Danny (Ainge) can get hard-headed about some things, but he was open to talking. He was active."

Still, things couldn't get worked out.  Boston didn't have what Minny was looking for and Ainge didn't want to do any other major deals that might have come across his desk.  So we're stuck with book-keeping deals involving people like Will Bynum, Dwight Powell, and who knows what else to get us down to 15 players.

It feels like we've been waiting for that other shoe to drop for over a year now.  Our hopes were raised that something could happen over the summer, but the season is nearly upon us and nothing of franchise-altering impact appears to be imminent.  Maybe something will happen at the trade deadline, or maybe not.

I've said it before, the Celtics need to show progress this year.  That could mean a lot of things.  They could get better on the court through natural progression.  They could make a deal or two to improve the overall talent (or at least consolidate it somewhat).  Doing so would give them a better shot at retaining Rajon Rondo and maybe even recruiting him some help next summer.

But for the moment, patience is being preached and patience will have to be practiced.  The fireworks will just have to wait.

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