The Celtics have won their 17th championship in franchise history since 2008 and have not reached the top in 15 years, even though they have reached the Eastern Conference finals five times in the past seven years, but only advanced to the Finals once last year. The past two years were originally the best window for the Green Army to win the championship, but last year's 2-1 lead in the finals was reversed and lost the title, and this year it missed the opportunity to reverse the game in the home final, and the failure to win the championship again reflects the many problems of the Green Army. The double scouting mode cannot reach the championship ceiling, and the Green Army will need to make roster changes this summer to hopefully regroup and embark on the championship journey again.
When the Lakers won the 17th championship in team history in 2020, they tied the Green Army for the most championships in NBA history, and the yellow and green teams are competing to win the 18th championship in team history earlier. It's just that this year, the Lakers and Celtics both advanced to the division finals, but the Lakers were swept by the Nuggets 0-4, and the Celtics lost 3-4 to the Heat, and both failed to win the Finals.
However, the two teams will still take the championship as the number one goal next season, and the Lakers will basically continue to build a lineup around James, and how should the Green Army adjust?
1. Change the coach to hire a more experienced manager, and Mazura can be turned back into an assistant coach.
The influence of off-field factors has become a topic that the Green Army cannot avoid. Last season, Uduka's first season in charge of the team countered in the second half and led the team back to the Finals after 13 years, but unfortunately lost three consecutive games after leading the Warriors 2-1 in the first three games.
Uduka proved his coaching ability, but due to the relationship between men and women off the court, he was "banned" by the team, and was finally forced to leave the team, and has switched to the Rockets to start a new coaching career.
In this case, the Green Army helped assistant coach Mazura to become the new coach of the team, and the Green Army ranked second in the East and second in the league in the regular season, and only one win less than the regular season champion Bucks, and Mazura was undoubtedly praised by public opinion.
However, Mazura's weakness was exposed in the playoffs, eliminating the Hawks 4-2 in the first round, a thrilling 4-3 comeback to the 76ers in the second round, and a 3-4 defeat to the Heat in the East finals. In the first round, the Green Army eliminated the Hawks with a hard power advantage, and in the second round, they encountered Rivers, who had their own overturned BUFF, and there were also double soft MVPs Embiid and Harden, allowing the Green Army to escape.
It's just that in the face of the fighting method with championship coach Spoelstra, there is no doubt that Mazura is in the downside in an all-round way, even if he changes the formation to let White change to the starter, it is also effective, once dragged into the seven-game battle, but in the end it can't break the Heat's joint defense tactics. The Celtics gave the 34-year-old Mazura a season to "practice", but for teams in the championship window, the tuition fee for such training is also extremely expensive.
The Greens need to win now, they need more mature and experienced managers, so this summer the Green Army should be looking for a new manager. As for the 34-year-old Mazura, he can continue his studies as a teaching assistant if he wishes.
2. Shuangtanhua has proved unable to lead the team to win the championship, and first signed and then replaced Brown to strengthen it.
Tatum and Brown's duo has been working together for six seasons, helping the Green Army become the top team in the East, but not the absolute champion. After missing great opportunities in the last two seasons, the Green Army really needs to make a choice, and since the double scouting mode has proved incapable of leading the team to the championship, it should choose to break up such a combination.
The 25-year-old Tatum and the 26-year-old Brown, there is no doubt that the Green Army should choose Tatum as the cornerstone of the team, after all, Tatum's personal performance and personal ceiling are theoretically stronger than Brown. Tatum has also outperformed Brown in the honors and achievements he has achieved so far in his career, especially with a contract of more than $100 million left in 3 years.
On the other hand, Brown only has a one-year $31.83 million full-guarantee contract left, linked to rumors of discord between the two scouts, and rumors that multiple teams are pursuing Brown, especially the Rockets are extremely interested in Brown. It is almost impossible for the Green Army to offer Brown a five-year, $295 million contract extension, and they should try to sign and then trade Brown.
If the Green Army chooses to send Brown away, their goal is naturally to exchange it for chips that can partner Tatum to help the team win the championship. In this case, the Green Army can choose to trade Brown for a mature star, or a number of highly capable role player puzzles, depending on how the Green Army management operates and chooses.
3. Introduce a qualified organizational point guard, Smart's organizational trading ability is slightly insufficient.
Smart has won the Best Defensive Player award, has been named to the All-Defensive First Team three times, and even won the Best Fight award three times. With an annual salary of less than 20 million, Smart is still quite affordable, he is a very scrappy player, and he is also an excellent example of a 3D player.
It's just that Smart isn't an absolutely qualified playmaker, averaging a career-high 6.3 assists per game in the regular season this season, but only had a double-double in one assist in this year's playoffs and only seven assists in the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Green Army claims to have a number of players who can organize tandems, especially the double scouts have good organizational skills, but they are not top playmakers. The Greens lack a sophisticated playmaker, and they need to bring in a veteran who meets that requirement at No. 1.
Paul would be a great candidate for the Green Army, but it will obviously not be so easy to get Paul, after all, the Suns are also facing a roster change, and the two sides are likely to involve more players if traded. Among the rest of the players, it is unlikely that the Green Army will welcome back the contradictory Irving, and Wei Shao is not a good choice, perhaps you can try to pursue Harden, whether it is a free signing or signing before you change, in fact, Harden will be a good choice.
4. Introduce veterans with playoff experience, especially championships, and leadership.
The Green Army has 36-year-old veteran Horford, as well as two 34-year-old veterans Griffin and Gallinari, but Horford's playoff performance was not ideal, Gallinari was reimbursed for the season due to injury, and Griffin played only 6 minutes in the playoffs.
Compared to the Heat's ability to remain resilient, especially in critical moments, the Green Army undoubtedly lacks the leadership skills of veterans. The Greens don't have Butler-style tough cores or Haslem-style souls, and they need to bring in a veteran to calm down the situation and, more importantly, lead the team to resilience in a crisis. None of the Green Army's current squad has ever won championships, and perhaps they need to bring in veterans with such experience.
The Celtics' overall roster strength and depth are impressive, and they remain among the top teams in the league, and the 25-year-old Tatum is also considered a leader in the new generation. It's just that when the Green Army squanders a great championship window for two years in a row, it means they need to make targeted adjustments, after all, their future goal is still to compete for the title.
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