The Boston Celtics have been one of the best teams in basketball this year, racing out to a 22-10 start. The team has quickly gelled under new head coach Joe Mazzulla, putting the Ime Udoka scandal behind them.
Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens shared a theory on Friday for why his team is playing so well.
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According to Stevens, he believes team bonding has played a big role in Boston's early success. He's been with the organization since 2013 and has seen some promising teams derailed by chemistry issues (especially during Kyrie Irving's tenure), but thankfully there's been nothing of the sort this year.
Stevens' description is reminiscent of the last Celtics team to win a title during the 2007-2008 season. That squad rallied around the African phrase "ubuntu," which means "I am because we are." Their team-first attitude helped Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen mesh in their first season together, ultimately resulting in the franchise's first championship since the 1980s.
While Boston hasn't won it all since then, there's no doubt this year's team has potential. The Celtics have plenty of playoff experience after falling to the Golden State Warriors during the 2022 NBA Finals and feature one of the best offenses in the league.
There's still a long way to go, but Boston currently has the best title odds (+320) on FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.
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