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Why Chris Mannix is ​​'very bullish' for the 2022-23 Celtics

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Why Chris Mannix is ​​’so bullish’ over the 2022-23 Celtics originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Expectations are high for the Boston Celtics heading into the 2022-23 NBA season, and rightly so.

With Malcolm Brogdon joining a proven core of Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Robert Williams, the Cs are well positioned to reach the NBA Finals once again. In fact, they are now likely contenders to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy and bring Banner 18 to Boston.

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While there’s a lot of optimism surrounding these Celtics, there have been some hurdles along the way leading up to the new campaign. He is ill and is expected to miss the entire season. Robert Williams will undergo surgery on his left knee and will reportedly miss his first week or two.

Despite these setbacks, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix is ​​confident Boston will come back strong in 2022-23.he explained the reason on Tuesday early version With Treni Casey and Chris Forsberg.

“I’m very bullish on this team,” Mannix said. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to members of the team about the stories we’re working on on Sports Illustrated.

“I was talking to Drew Hanlen, Jason Tatum’s trainer, and he said that all summer long, Tatum’s demeanor shifted to focusing entirely on just winning. I feel good, I can play for a few more years, and I feel like I can continue my career until I’m almost 40.

“Even Robert Williams, before this latest injury problem, has been determined to maintain their dominance all summer, to get off to a good start this season and to pick up where they left off. I think this team has talent, this team has depth.”

Mannix added that the new-look Celtics are already on the same page, even before they played a preseason game.

“If there is one concern, are they willing to make the sacrifice? Will Malcolm Brogdon come along and be willing to make the sacrifice? “I worked out with Don,” Mannix said. Can you do it?’ So now all the signs are positive for this Celtics team.”

That’s certainly what C’s fans want to hear, with less than a month until the opening game of the regular season.

Boston will return to action on October 2 when it hosts the Charlotte Hornets in their first preseason matchup. In the regular season he will face the Philadelphia 76ers at the TD Garden on October 18th.

Watch the full Early Edition, featuring Mannix and Forsberg, below.

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