Sean Grande: City of Boston and Celtics fanbase respected throughout league
How long will the Boston Celtics rebuilding project last?
As Celtics play-by-play announcer for 98.5 The Sports Hub stated on the latest edition of Celtics Beat -- it’s the million dollar question.
But here’s the catch: While many feel that Boston isn’t the most attractive place for marquee players to play -- Grande doesn’t feel that way. In fact, he thinks that Boston while maybe not Los Angeles or Miami, is at the top of anyone’s list.
Because of the fans. Grande cites the returns of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett -- and the tributes they received.
“The return of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to the Garden were things you’ll remember forever and those were highlights of the season. But I think there’s more to it than that. Because the NBA now in an age in which free agents can largely go where they want and determine their own future.
And that’s how you win -- is getting those guys...And when it comes to Boston versus Miami, versus Los Angeles, ok it’s not a sexy a place but if you watch those two nights [the return of Pierce/Garnett with Brooklyn, and Rivers with the Clippers] and think about where guys would want to play -- Boston is a place that guys would want to come and play” Grande told CLNS Radio.
Grande further elaborated:
“And if you tell me that there aren’t the next generation of stars out there that want to be that next guy to play in this city, to play for those fans, to be a part of what Kevin and Paul and Doc were a part of when they came back to it -- I think you are kind of missing what the NBA is now. And that’s why I think those were very significant nights this year to have those guys not just get what they got but to talk about the city and playing here the way they did.”
Kevin Love is a name that many Celtics fans are throwing out there. He has yet to express an interest in Boston - but Grande cited the Kevin Garnett trade seven years ago. Everyone thought he’d be traded to Los Angeles because he had a house out there, but we all know how that turned out.
To hear the entire Sean Grande interview, listen to the latest edition of Celtics Beat below: