Α season removed from their disastrous 2018-19 campaign, the Boston Celtics have returned to the title-contending team they thought they'd be with Kyrie Irving.
And, in light of this season's glaring success, it's drawing a lot of questions about what exactly went wrong with last year's team.
According to young guard Jaylen Brown, the blame stems all the way to the top.
"Kyrie got a lot of the blame and was undeserving. It wasn't his fault that certain guys couldn't take a step back. It wasn't his fault. That was the front office and the coach's fault. He gets a lot of that blame because he was the star. But a lot of that should be on the organization and coaching staff. It's in the past. Kyrie is in a better place in Brooklyn, somewhere his roots are. He'll be fine."a
Unfortunately for Kyrie and the Celtics, their partnership never came with any real success. Whether it was awkward fits on the court or in-fighting in the locker room, there was always something blocking the way.
Now, with Irving gone, the Celtics are thriving. The organization has succeeded in what they failed to do just a few months ago -- they instilled a winning culture with a roster that works together.