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Danny Ainge Reveals His Biggest Regret With Kyrie-Led Celtics

(via USA Today)

(via USA Today)

By now, we all recognize Kyrie Irving's tenure in Boston as a failure. No matter your opinions on the parties involved, it's clear that things were just never going to work.

So if Celtics President Danny Ainge could go back and do it all over again, what would he change? In a revelation to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Ainge told of his biggest regret with Kyrie Irving's last season as a Celtic.

“I think that in hindsight, we should have cleaned out the roster a little bit to make it easier for [coach] Brad [Stevens], more joy for him to coach,” Ainge said. “It just didn’t mesh. You know, it just didn’t, and I knew, and we talked about it.”

In Danny's eyes, more moves were needed to achieve the success they envisioned to start the year. He may not be entirely wrong in line of thinking.

At the time, the Celtics were considered to be a legitimate title contender. They entered the 2018-19 NBA season with two NBA superstars — Irving and Gordon Hayward — returning from injuries to join the younger Celtics’ core of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford. They had talent, but was it too much talent? Was it the right talent?

Building Championship teams is more than just about assembling the best players you can. Guys have to mesh together and play specific roles to ensure stability on the court and in the locker room.

Perhaps trading one of their prized stars that season would have helped prevent the fallout that occurred.

Unfortunately for Danny, he'll never get the chance to find out.