Terry Rozier rips into Celtics, says he sacrificed most for team 'running around with heads cut off'

Alex Reimer
May 09, 2019 - 9:57 am

It was obvious the Celtics were royally screwed up this season, from dropping late-season games to the lowly Hornets to their seeming never-ending leadership crisis. And now that the season is mercifully over, some players may feel free to speak more bluntly about the team’s sorry state. 

That’s what Terry Rozier did Wednesday, following Boston’s 116-91 Game 5 loss to the Bucks. The young guard bemoaned the sacrifices he made for this year’s club, which he says had no direction or purpose. 

“I don't give a f--- what nobody say, I sacrificed the most out of anybody, he told Yahoo! Sports’ Vincent Goodwill. "I'm a top point guard in this league. I feel like it's a fresh start, whether I'm here or whether I'm gone.

“I feel like I sacrificed the most, but I’d do it any day for this team. A lot of things weren't fair to me, but it's not about me. That's why I don't bitch and complain."

Rozier, who rose to semi-NBA prominence last postseason –– we witnessed the birth of “Scary Terry” –– only averaged nine points off the bench behind Irving this season. The fourth-year guard averaged just 6.4 points per contest during this year’s shortened playoff run.

"Everybody was running around with their heads cut off, like chickens," Rozier continued. “Coach was in a tough position, one of the toughest positions, dealing with all these guys with attitudes, all that (expletive). Guys that's All-Stars, guys getting paid a lot of money, guys trying to get paid. It's tough.”

Rozier is a restricted free agent this summer, and his Celtics future seems tied to Kyrie Irving’s. If the latter returns, it’s difficult to see Rozier coming back, given his apparent disdain for his newfound bench role. 

“I’m looking forward to a family, a team that treats me like a family and that’s gonna invest in me all the way,” Rozier said to reporters when asked about his plans for next season.

Earlier this month, Rozier told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan he “loves” Irving and views him as a mentor. But it’s apparent the mix didn’t work, and Rozier isn’t hiding it any longer.