Celtics have been diddling around with team captaincy since Pierce - time for action
Coach Brad Stevens tells us that his no-captain stance exists, at least in part, because he wants every player to be empowered. My belief is that he has also felt that no single team member was capable of taking on that role. That may have been the case in the post-Larry era when we saw co-captains and even one case of tri-captains in the 1997-98 season when "Never Nervous" Purvis, Dee Brown and Antoine Walker shared the responsibility. Our own Danny Ainge had a new moniker for the oft-injured Pervis when they were teammates on the Sacramento Kings:
Amen to that! Marcus has emerged as a player, citizen and leader. Celtics have been diddling around with the captaincy issue since the days of Paul Pierce. it is time!— Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) August 6, 2019
This is far from the first time I have broached this. Marcus Smart is about to enter his sixth NBA season at the age of 25. His game, anger control and leadership have all improved over time. Those that might argue that he remains too much of a hot head should realize that former team captains Larry Bird and Dave Cowens (1978-80) tended to be quite fiery.
Let's face it - the Celtics top two players last season, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, just didn't have the stuff of leadership. Kyrie was too vocal, with his words often expelled with a bit of venom. Al seemed to keep his feelings to himself. Marcus just seems to have the ability to speak up with the proper control and demeanor. I believe he would take on the role of captain if it is offered. I believe it is time.
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