The Boston Celtics have done well to at least combat the sting of losing the 2022 NBA Finals with their work so far this offseason. They haven’t made many moves, but the ones they have made have been dynamite so far.
Drafting JD Davison with the 53rd overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, plus the re-signings of Luke Kornet and Sam Hauser, are under-the-radar moves that will help solidify the backend of the bench. The signing of Danilo Gallinari and trade of Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers have been the bigger moves that have reinforced Boston’s status as a de facto championship contender.
Despite the Celtics increasingly positive outlook for the 2022-23 NBA season, they seem intent on continuing to discuss their loss in the Finals at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Some recent comments from Grant Williams, though, have to be among the most absurd yet, and have made Boston’s young forward look quite foolish as a result.
Grant Williams recent comments about the 2022 NBA Finals not a good look for the Boston Celtics
As the Finals series against the Warriors progressed, it was clear that Boston was outmatched. Golden State had the experience and depth to combat the Celtics stingy defense, and as the series dragged on, Boston’s stars appeared to run out of gas. But according to Williams, the Celtics were the better team in the series, and the only reason the Warriors won was because they were more “disciplined” than Boston.
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"“To this day, I will still say confidently, confidently, they were not the better team. I would say they were the more disciplined team, I would say that without a doubt. They’re disciplined, their history of being in the finals, championship pedigree, that was real.” – Grant Williams, The Long Shot Podcast"
These comments from Williams are, well, wrong. The Celtics were not the better team in the series, and the fact that they ended up losing says everything that needs to be said. Williams is only adding salt to the wounds by making outrageous statements like this.
It didn’t take long for Williams to get crushed for his comments, primarily by Steph Curry of the Warriors. Curry took a shot at Williams on his Instagram story, showcasing his “disciplined” new haircut, and then ripped Williams again at the ESPYs by saying he might let him try his ring on.
Williams shouldn’t be surprised by the response; he asked for it by saying something as ridiculous as he did. The Boston Celtics were simply outplayed by the Warriors. Given their experience and championship pedigree, there’s no shame in that. But Williams’ comments make him look foolish, and he should begin to focus on the upcoming season rather than living in the past.