<
>

Terry Rozier says Celtics can be 'truly special' in 2018-19

play
Rozier says 2018-19 Celtics can be 'truly special' (1:18)

Terry Rozier offers his take on how good his 2018-19 Celtics squad can be. (1:18)

HANOVER, Mass. -- Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier doesn't want to make any grand predictions about what his team will accomplish during the 2018-19 season, but he's quite bullish on their potential to be a title contender.

"We can be special. Truly special," Rozier said Saturday during a break from his youth basketball camp in suburban Boston. "I think you know that. I think everybody knows that. Obviously, we [are] good on paper, we just gotta get it together and make sure everybody comes in and has that same mindset. But I feel like it's going to be a special group."

Rozier smiled wide when asked if, like teammate Jaylen Brown, he believed the Celtics will make the NBA Finals this season. Rozier wouldn't bite and only repeated his assertion that the Celtics will be special, especially with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning from injuries that forced them to miss Boston's playoff run last season.

"We look good on paper. The same team back from last year adding two main guys, two main pieces, with a lot of the guys we added from this draft and re-signed," Rozier said. "It's special. It's special. Like I said, I don't want to talk too much about [what the team can accomplish], but it's going to be special."

Brown made headlines earlier this summer when he expressed frustration with James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers because he wanted Boston to be the team that ended James' East dominance. Rozier, a Cleveland native, said he was unfazed by James' decision.

"I really don't care," Rozier said. "The league is watered down as it is. Everybody is making different moves. I'm only worried about the Boston Celtics. I'm not worried about LeBron James, Lakers, Cavaliers. [We're] just trying to figure out how we can get better."

Rozier, who starred in Irving's absence and cemented his own "Scary Terry" brand, said he's fine with reverting to a reserve role this season and believes that every player on Boston's roster will have to sacrifice in order for the team to reach its fullest potential.

"I'm not worried about [his role]," Rozier said. "Kinda control what I can control. We all got one goal, and that's to win. We all get love when we win. That should be everybody's mindset. It's going to be a lot of fun.

"If you want to win a championship, that's what it's going to take -- sacrifice. ... We're all going to have one goal, and it's going to lead us to the promised land."

Rozier, who spent the day with campers decked out with his "Scary Terry" T-shirts in suburban Boston, said he visited Boston's new practice facility Friday and talked with coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Rozier said players have been texting one another this summer trying to figure out when everyone will be back in the area so they can start 5-on-5 work in advance of training camp.

Rozier said Irving is in Miami this weekend and the two plan to work out together next week before players start trickling back to Boston, with training camp set to open in late September.