Boston Celtics backup point guard Terry Rozier spoke out about the team's dysfunction after a season-ending 116-91 Game 5 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night.
"Everybody was running around with their heads cut off, like chickens," Rozier told Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports. "Coach [Brad Stevens] was in a tough position, one of the toughest positions, dealing with all these guys with attitudes, all that s--t. Guys that's All-Stars, guys getting paid a lot of money, guys trying to get paid. It's tough."
He added: "I don't give a f--k what nobody say, I sacrificed the most out of anybody. 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."
Rozier thanked his family and friends for supporting him through a difficult time in his career.
"Because I've been dealing with some bulls--t," he told reporters. "I feel like we all still had that one goal. It wasn't easy on Coach dealing with a lot of guys that want to be great trying to get theirs."
The Celtics entered the season with championship-level expectations.
Prevailing wisdom suggested the returns of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward (who missed last year's run to the Eastern Conference Finals because of injuries) along with the likes of Rozier, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford could push the team toward a title.
Instead, the Celtics may have become a victim of too much depth, especially with Rozier suggesting players were hesitant to sacrifice personal numbers to embrace a role.
"I did a bad job. At the end of the day, your team doesn't find its best fit together, it's on you," Stevens said. "I'll be the first to say, as far as any other year I've been a head coach, it's certainly been the most trying."
The Celtics coach also noted the outside pressure and speculation about the future probably played a role in the team's discontent and lackluster playoff results.
"I don't want to speculate for individuals, but it's no question they have TVs, they have phones, they hear everything," Stevens said.
Now Boston heads into an offseason of uncertainty.
Irving and Horford both have player options in their contracts for the 2019-20 season, while Marcus Morris will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Rozier is the team's most notable restricted free agent and could generate offer-sheet interest from other organizations.
The Celtics roster figures to look quite a bit different next fall, but for now it's hard not to feel they let a golden opportunity to reach the NBA Finals slip away.