|Jae Crowder stands by criticism of cheering for Gordon Hayward, apologizes for dissing Boston||01.05.17 at 1:35 pm ET|
Jae Crowder is apologizing, but he isn’t backing down.
Speaking to reporters before Celtics practice on Thursday, Crowder said he regretted some of his “heat of the moment” comments on Twitter following Tuesday’s victory over the Jazz, when he blasted Celtics fans for cheering potential free agent target Gordon Hayward. But he stood by his assertion that home fans shouldn’t cheer rival players.
“I was really angry after the game, obviously,” Crowder told reporters, including Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston. “I said what I had to say after the game. I probably should have left it right there. I went on Twitter and said what I had to say, and there’s nothing that I regret going back and forth with fans on Twitter — that’s how I was feeling at the time.
“Obviously, I don’t want to leave Boston. Obviously, I love it here. Obviously, the fans have treated me great. No doubt about that.
“I still stand behind what I said about how I felt disrespected when they’re cheering for Gordon Hayward. I live with that. I stand behind that 100 percent as a man, as a basketball player who puts my time away from my family into it.”
Crowder got into a back-and-forth with fans over the intent of his remarks, tweeting — and subsequently deleting — that he’d be happy to leave Boston. He regretted that comment, but still doesn’t understand why Celtics fans would cheer Hayward, who played for head coach Brad Stevens at Butler. Celtics fans have similarly applauded Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in the past.
“I didn’t like that, either,” Crowder said. “I just remember when I got here a couple years ago and we were however many games under .500, the fans cheered for us. Not one time did they cheer for another player when they came into town. Things have changed since then, I’m aware of that. That’s never happened in an arena that I’ve been in. I’ve never been on the road and got cheered for, or even one of my teammates get cheered for by the opposing team.
“It’s just something different for me that really set me off. I don’t like when they cheer for DeMarcus Cousins, I don’t like when they cheer for Kevin Durant. I don’t think you should do that. That’s all I was saying.”
|Mike Petraglia, Josue Pavon talk Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Warriors routing Celtics||11.18.16 at 11:45 pm ET|
The Celtics have a bad drought that costs them big time against Kevin Durant and the Warriors Friday night at TD Garden. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Josue Pavon have your recap of a 104-88 Warriors win over the Celtics.
The Warriors reminded the Celtics on Friday why they’re one of the best offensive teams in the league en route to a 104-88 blowout win over the Celtics at TD Garden.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 28 points, while Kevin Durant flirted with a triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) and silenced the boos from the Garden’s faithful.
Early on, boos rained down every time Durant touched the ball but that didn’t seem to phase him or his teammates by the second half when the Warriors took control of the game and handed the Celtics their sixth loss of the season.
Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 18 points and Avery Bradley finished with a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) for the Celtics.
For a complete box score, click here.
The Celtics closed out the first quarter with an 11-4 run, pulling them to within two points (29-27) before the Warriors found their offensive groove — finishing the half shooting 50 percent from the floor. The Celtics’ offensive rhythm came in spurts throughout the second quarter. Whenever the Warriors tried to pull away the Celtics responded with small scoring runs that kept the game close.
The C’s were getting back defensively on the Warriors’ fast break but couldn’t put together a strong enough offense to give themselves a lead before the end of the half. However, the Warriors did an excellent job of scoring off of the Celtics’ missed attempts in and outside of the paint.
Although the Celtics weren’t too far behind at halftime (55-48), it sure felt like it in the second half when the Warriors went on a 24-3 run and grabbed a 28-point lead.
Golden State drained in five 3-pointers, while shooting 56.5 percent and forced five Celtics turnovers throughout the game-changing quarter. The Warriors outscored the C’s 31-9 — giving them a 29-point lead, heading into the fourth quarter.
Adding to the misery, the short-handed Celtics lost their best bench player when Marcus Smart departed with a left ankle contusion in the third quarter. He had treatment on the sideline and then headed to the locker room and did not return. Brad Stevens said after the game that he would be re-evaluated with the team Saturday morning and would make the trip to Detroit. His status for Saturday night’s game against the Pistons is uncertain.
|Steve Kerr would be surprised to hear much ‘venom’ against Kevin Durant from Celtics fans||at 7:51 pm ET|
To Warriors coach Steve Kerr, the decision by Kevin Durant was all business over the summer.
Specifically, two years and $54.3 million worth of business is what Durant signed for in Golden State, turning down the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas and Tom Brady in The Hamptons.
The Warriors head coach said before Friday night’s game that while he understands the disappointment of many Celtics fans that their team was able to pair Durant and Horford with Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley for a run at a title, they should also not take his decision personally.
That won’t be the case as Celtics fans turned out early and began booing Kevin Durant when he took the floor for warmups 15 minutes before tipoff.
“My guess is it’s all in good fun, right? You come to a game, you’re Celtics fan, you know that you were close and didn’t get him. So, what do you do? You boo him,” Kerr said with a smile.
“But I think most of that stuff is tongue-in-cheek. People come to the game to be entertained and let their emotions out. I don’t think there will be heartfelt boos. I would be shocked. Maybe it’s different in Oklahoma City.
“He did what he did, made a decision for himself and he lives with whatever comes his way. It would be pretty surprising to hear much venom tonight. He almost came here but he came to Golden State. We’re cheering.”
|Kevin Durant on animosity for snubbing Celtics: ‘What can they be mad about?’||11.17.16 at 1:04 pm ET|
Kevin Durant feels it’s time for the Celtics and their fans to just get over it.
There have been few courtships in the history of the NBA like the pursuit of the 6-foot-9 superstar this past offseason. And while the Celtics locked down a solid player in the frontcourt in Al Horford, questions were abound when Durant signed his two-year, $54 million deal with Golden State.
Why didn’t Durant choose Boston? Why wasn’t Tom Brady enough in The Hamptons? What went wrong? Why can’t Boston draw top free agents?
The Celtics put everything they had into Durant, who instead elected to join the force that is the Golden State Warriors. What ensued in Boston was frustration, and in Jae Crowder’s case, a few off-the cuff remarks.
This Friday will mark the first time Durant faces off against the C’s as a member of the Warriors. For Durant, it was just business.
“Nah, it don’t bother me,” Durant said of Crowder’s comments to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. “All these guys that you ask the same questions, you know what you’re going to get from them. So you’re [asking] the same questions. Why am I going to be mad about a guy who has an opinion? I respect all these players. If they don’t respect what I did, I can’t control that.
“I got nothing but love and respect for Jae Crowder and how he approaches the game and how he plays, but we disagree on me coming here,” Durant continued. “That’s just how it is. It’s all good. We’re going to compete no matter what. That’s one thing — you can say a lot of stuff in the media or wherever you are, but we’re going to compete when we’re in between the lines. That doesn’t change anything.”
Durant acknowledged the logic of the frustration of the players and fans, but brings up a valid point — he never actually played in Boston, and he never said he was going to play in Boston.
|Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca on D&C: Kevin Durant ‘would have been a great fit here’||08.30.16 at 11:32 am ET|
Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Tuesday and discussed the team’s attempt to lure Kevin Durant to Boston. To hear the interview, visit the D&C audio on demand page.
The Celtics were one of the finalists to land the 2014 MVP, and several players and front office members met with Durant in early July. Durant ultimately chose to join the Warriors, but Pagliuca said he believes his team was very close to grabbing him.
“We put on a great presentation,” Pagliuca said. “The players did a fantastic job and Tom Brady helped us, I think we were very compelling. … We always hope for the best, and we prepare for otherwise, but I thought we had a really good shot at him.”
The Celtics got an assist at the meeting from Brady, form whom Durant has plenty of respect.
“He made a very compelling case how it’s so special to be able to play in Boston, the No. 1 sports town in America,” Pagliuca said. “Winning a championship in Boston is like nothing else, he made a very compelling presentation that I think really impressed Durant.”
Added Pagliuca: “Those are always very personal decisions by a player, so we really can’t get into their heads. But he would have been a great fit here for sure, and we were excited to have him up here. He’s a class act, I just got back from the Rio Olympics and he carried himself extremely well down there and won games with the team. We look forward to competing against him, he’s very close with Avery Bradley and I think we’re going to bother him defensively. We were one of the only teams to beat both Golden State and Cleveland on their own court last year. We were excited to play them.”
|Avery Bradley offers explanation as to why he wasn’t at recruitment of Kevin Durant||08.29.16 at 7:15 pm ET|
It’s been nearly two months since Kevin Durant opted to sign with the Warriors over a slew of other bidders — the Celtics being one of them.
The Celtics brought the cavalry, including players Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart as well as president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and co-owner Steve Pagliuca. Tom Brady also was in attendance.
But there was one glaringly obvious absence.
The longest-tenured member of the Celtics, Avery Bradley, was not in attendance, and, as he explained when addressing it for the first time this week, there was a reason behind his absence. Bradley and Durant both played at the University of Texas and interface frequently as a result of it, and the guard thought it was best to stay out of it.
“I didn’t do that much,” the 25-year-old told The Boston Globe while at a basketball court makeover in Belmont. “Me and Kevin are like brothers, so we talk all the time. So I’m not going to talk to him about that, you know what I mean? I was more asking him how he’s doing.
“I was actually with him a week before all that stuff went down at a camp in Austin [Texas], so I really wasn’t that much involved.”
Though he stayed largely away from the Durant luring process, the All-Star’s decision did not seem to turn the head of Bradley as wildly as it did the rest of the basketball world.
“You know what, I can’t really say,” Bradley said. “All I can say is that I’m happy for him, and I feel like he’s part of a great organization. And I wish the best for him. Kevin’s a really good guy and an even better player.”
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