Article on Ime Udoka....The Celtics were 16-19 and had well known chemistry issues. They couldn't make an open shot, were blowing leads like crazy, and had teammates calling each other out in public. Sound familiar? The difference is that the Celtics had an actual leader and their players followed. Quin preferred to pretend like issues didn't exist and coddled his players. He would let his players and team perform worse if it meant being less confrontational. He's a people pleaser and that does have his benefits. Udoka said **** that and might have told his team they were going to play the right way even if it put himself into hot water. The Celtics were right on the verge of blowing things up but he stayed course.
I hate the Celtics, but their turnaround this season is admirable. If you switch the coaches, the Celtics might be the one's talking about splitting up their stars and the Jazz could be in the finals.
Danny Ainge also spoke about how they made a few minor adjustments to their roster that made a huge impact, primarily trading away Kemba for Al Horford. That allowed Smart, Tatum, and Brown to all move down one spot in the lineup and the team got way bigger and better on the glass/defensively. They also dumped guys like Schroder and Richardson during the season for Theis and White who have been giving them solid minutes.