The Boston Celtics went from being NBA champions Going into the 2022–23 season, the Boston Celtics should be in great shape. They’ve been considered the overwhelming favorite to win the 2023 championship all summer because they came up two wins short of winning it last year. They have now devolved into a team in disarray as training camp is ready to begin.
The entire organization has been rocked by Ime Udoka’s one-year ban for what has been described as an improper personal, consenting connection with a female Celtics employee; Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck called it “a volume of transgressions” on Friday.
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Over the last three weeks, the Celtics have received a steady stream of terrible news. Danilo Gallinari, who was recently acquired, tore his ACL. On Friday, the club reported that Robert Williams III underwent a second surgery on his left knee, which will keep him out for eight to 12 weeks, possibly past Christmas.
Williams tore the meniscus in this same knee at the end of last season and battled through the discomfort in the playoffs, missing seven games. Is it feasible that he caused further injury by playing on a knee that wasn’t completely healed?
Will this new “cleanup” treatment be the last of it for Williams, who has a very significant injury history in his brief career?
Boston, for one, hopes not. Williams is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate as well as a rim-rolling threat. He stomps on the attacking glass. He has prime DeAndre Jordan chops, and don’t forget how great Jordan was with the Clippers.
In the background, does Jaylen Brown harbor resentment toward the Celtics for putting his name in the trade rumor mill this summer? Brad Stevens has mentioned his candid conversation with Brown, who is no stranger to trade discussion. But you’d think Brown would believe he’d reached a point in the organization where he could feel more secure in his position.