King On Celtics: "Subtraction Better Than Addition"

Despite likely losing Kyrie Irving, the Celtics could be a lot better than people think, Billy King says

Taz and the Moose
June 20, 2019 - 10:32 am
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It’s an odd time for the Boston Celtics. Over the last year or so, they had one of the best rosters in basketball. They had young talent, veteran All-Stars and championship experience.

Well, things can change in a hurry. Kyrie Irving has reportedly ghosted the Celtics ahead of free agency, while Al Horford has opted out of his contract and is expected to sign elsewhere.

The Celtics have three first-round picks in the NBA Draft, but where do they go from here?

“I was involved with the deal where they got a lot of picks and everybody said they were going to win 10 championships and I was the idiot for giving them that,” former NBA GM and current NBA TV analyst Billy King said on Taz & The Moose. “It just shows that in the league on paper things look great, but sometimes they don’t turn out that way. I do think they have some good young pieces in Tatum and Jaylen Brown and they have Gordon Hayward. I think now they have to re-sign Rozier and build from there.”

In other words, more closely resemble the team that came within a game of the NBA Finals in 2018.

“I’m not too quick to write them off and say now they’re in a total rebuild mode,” King said. “I think now they’ve got to readjust how they play. It goes back to not worrying about having those superstars; it’s about having a good team and complementing each other – and I think a lot of those pieces do complement them. I think Boston could surprise some people next year and play better than people think. Sometimes subtraction is better than addition.”

That appears to be the case with Irving, who seemingly turned the Celtics into a soap opera this season.

“The best fit for Kyrie was to go back to Boston and play there and understand he’s got to be part of that team,” King said. “But I think now that’s maybe out the window. He’s going to have a difficult time finding the right fit for him because he’s a guy that wants the ball in his hands, and a team’s got to be more tailor-made for him. I don’t know if a lot of teams want to play that way. I think he thought he was going with Durant to Brooklyn or New York. With Durant being out, it looks a little different now.”

Click below to listen to King’s interview in its entirety.