You don’t have to be a detective to know that Terry Rozier did not love his role with the Boston Celtics this past season. Tuesday on ESPN First Take Rozier confirmed it and then some saying he’s not interested in returning to the Boston Celtics if the team decides bring back all the same players next season.
“No, I might have to go. I might have to go. I put up with a lot this year so I said what I said after this season. I think we all know I’m not trying to step into that again,” he said.
Rozier is a restricted free agent this offseason. He had a rough season statistically as he took a reduced role with the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward this season. A “sacrifice” Rozier feels put him in difficult position this offseason.
“I sacrificed obviously my talent the most,” he said. “I think me being out there and giving my full style of play, how Terry Rozier play. I feel like I couldn’t be that person this year.
“Obviously in the shadow of some guys. The ball was in either Kyrie’s or Gordon Hayward’s hands most of the time. I feel like Terry Rozier was just in the corner or on the bench,” he said.
Rozier also said he believes that head coach Brad Stevens had to be deferential to his stars which caused some strife.
“I feel like along with the coaches treating Gordon and Kyrie, I wouldn’t say different than everybody else, but I just feel like they treated them like they was on that level where there were no adjustments that could be made because they are who they are,” he said. “We never figured it out. We never figured it out after that.”
Rozier said he had a positive mindset before the season started, but once Irving announced to the fans that he would re-sign with Boston this summer as a free agent if they wanted him back.
“Things shifted left for me and I just seen the way people treated me with their attitudes and I was just thrown all the way in the backseat. I just had to adjust to that.”
But clearly he never did, saying that playing with Irving this season was a real challenge.
“He’s a great guy. Great leader. You just have to adjust to his style,” said Rozier. “Whatever Kyrie wants done, he’s gonna show it. That’s what he wants done. And you have to adjust to his style of play and how he goes about every game every day.”