With the NBA trade deadline less than 24 hours away, trade rumors aren’t the only rumors swirling around the Boston Celtics franchise as potential team chemistry issues inside the Celtics locker room have been reported.
On ‘The Mismatch’ podcast with The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon, O’Connor and Vernon discussed reported team chemistry issues amongst the Celtics, including Marcus Smart being unhappy about being involved in trade rumors, a ‘literal divide’ in the Celtics locker room which splits the teams into two, and most specifically, center Tristan Thompson is ‘resented’ and ‘not loved in that locker room for numerous different reasons’ amongst the team because he ‘won’t stop going out’ and continues to break health and safety protocols.
Amid those talks of rumored team chemistry issues in the Celtics locker room, head coach Brad Stevens took to his weekly appearance on Zolak & Bertrand of 98.5 The Sports Hub to refute those rumors and help ease the mind of Celtics fans
“Last week, I was going to Indiana, according to everybody, right? So, rumors sometimes are right, and sometimes are wrong. I’d say one of the things I’ve learned in this is about 90% of what I hear, and or read, I would like to have a second look at and maybe a fifth look at and a tenth look at and actually talk to somebody in there before I react to it.”
The rumors surrounding the Celtics this season have been endless, whether that’s trade rumors involving just about every available player on the trade market or these rumored team chemistry issues involving Thompson and an unhappy Smart. “But again, I don’t know where those thoughts come from. But, it’s one of the things that’s most challenging, I think about this, the increase of social media obviously increases just the kind of the entertainment talk, I think, is the idea that, if we hear a rumor, we just, we blow it up, we go with it.”
Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown took to Twitter to voice his thoughts regarding the rumored ‘resentment’ towards Thompson, in which Brown disagreed. https://twitter.com/FCHWPO/status/1374484846995677184?s=20 When asked about Brown’s tweet, Stevens, who seemed to be clueless on the matter, told Zolak and Bertrand, “Good for Jaylen. I agree with Jaylen.”
“So yeah, that stuff, I don’t know where that came from, or whatever the case may be. But Tristan has been a good teammate, a good guy, like, all that stuff. So, it’s disappointing to hear something like that would be out there.”
Thompson, who signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Celtics in the offseason, is averaging 7.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in 36 games this season. “But I do think like saying he’s not a guy that everybody likes is wrong. It’s just wrong. So anyways, that’s my two cents on that one.” [mm-video type=video id=01f1jrnr9ay0fks219 playlist_id=01f09kz5ecxq9bp57b player_id=01eqbvq570kgj8vfs7 image=https://images2.minutemediacdn.com/image/upload/video/thumbnail/mmplus/01f1jrnr9ay0fks219/01f1jrnr9ay0fks219-ec0f59f89f2dda2afa947b3ef0eacf95.jpg]
Published: 2021-03-24 22:03:34
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