Tristan Thompson dismissed a report that he’s unpopular within the Boston locker room following the Celtics’ 101-99 win over the New York Knicks.
“I laughed,” Thompson told reporters. “In my 10 years of playing basketball, I don’t there’s one teammate that doesn’t like me in the locker room. I know that was full of s—.”
Before the commerce deadline, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor stated that Thompson “is not loved in (Boston’s) locker room for numerous reasons” on The Mismatch Podcast. Jalen Brown and Kemba Walker each shut down the concept that Thompson is disliked by his teammates.
Thompson performed his first sport in practically a month on Wednesday, as he had been out since March 14 because of the league’s well being and security protocols. The veteran heart performed 22 stable minutes, ending with seven factors, eight rebounds and three blocks within the successful effort.
While the Thompson rumors might have confirmed to be false, they do spotlight the extent of scrutiny the Celtics are below this season, as they’re among the many most underwhelming groups within the NBA. They at present maintain the seventh seed within the Eastern Conference and are dangerously near being out of the playoff image altogether.