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Cedric Maxwell comes in to side with owner Wyc Grousbeck’s “overrated” personal claim directed to the current Boston Celtics

The retired Celtics great believes that Gorusbeck wants to understate his sentiments in order to tamper the pressure going in to the club as a clear title chasers.

“I think he’s trying to understate it,” Maxwell said on CLNS’ “The Cedric Maxwell Podcast” (h/t NESN’s Gio Rivera). “Because the Celtics are gonna be the hunted team all year long. So for you to come out and say, ‘Oh my God we’re expecting to win a championship,” then you’re putting more pressure on your players, you’re putting more pressure on your organization.

“And what you do is say, ‘Look, we had some points where we got a little luck last year… You have to say, in a way, the Celtics were lucky”

Grousbeck raised the eyebrows of Cs faithful recently after stating that his team went overrated after their last postseason’s exploits wherein they managed to arrive in the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years. The team governor has acknowledged the arduous path that his team had just to reach that level, as well as the emergence of fellow championship aspirants entering this season – noting that Boston is not a shoe in as title favorites.

The Cs truly had a tough pathway towards a fruitful campaign in last basketball year, but they took their offseason moves greatly with the key additions of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari. Not to mention, both young franchise cornerstones Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can only get better at their age and elite skill set.

Only time can tell what will unfold for the franchise, but given their hunger, improvement, defense and rising camaraderie, they are certainly atop of the other clear powerhouses to bag the Larry O’Brien trophy soon in June.