PORTLAND, Maine — With the Boston Celtics assuming control of basketball operations as part of their new single partnership with the Maine Red Claws, the Red Claws can focus on the marketing aspect that has helped make them one of the NBA Development League's most successful franchises.
That is not the only benefit as far as team chairman Bill Ryan Jr. is concerned.
"We're super excited about this partnership," Ryan said Thursday at a news conference announcing the change. "On a personal level, growing up a Celtics fan, to participate in any small way in the future success of the Celtics is huge for all of us and I think will be a huge boost for our fans too as they see more and more guys come through here that the Celtics will be able to utilize at a later date."
Check out more of what Ryan had to say in the video above.