Video: Wade says Celtics lack an identity, while Shaq adds they need an alpha male
The TNT studio crew didn't have their A Team since they just wrapped up the NCAA tournament, so Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker, and Shaquille O'Neal were left to dissect the Boston vs Philly game. Once Shaq (at around the 4:35 mark) asked what's wrong with Boston we got a few different answers. Wade said the Celtics have a great coach and players, but no identity. Parker countered that the players haven't played enough together to build that identity. Shaq focused on the fact that he thinks the team needs an alpha male. He suggested Tatum should be that guy. The of course he made it about himself talking about how when he arrived in Miami he knew Wade was the star and he had to defer to him. Which of course is funny, because the previous year he wouldn't defer to Kobe Bryant who by that point was the better player.
But enough about Shaq, what's your opinion on the TNT's points? What is the Celtics identity? Can Jayson Tatum be the alpha male guy who leads your team to a championship? Is it something that will happen down the road and people simply aren't being patient enough with someone who just turned 23? It's not like Paul Pierce was winning championships at 23 either. Or is the biggest issue for Boston, that no team has had players miss more games due to COVID Health and Safety Protocals, so the team just needs to finally all play together for a stretch and then they'll take off. Would they have won tonight with Evan Fournier? Or with Fournier and Tristan? Well we'll never know that answer, but eventually we'll get a look at the whole team all together right? Wade did make a good point that Philly did still perform very well when their MVP guy in Embiid was out, so that excuse can only go so far.