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 advised reporters. “In my 10 years of taking part in basketball, I do not there’s one teammate that does not like me within the locker room. I do know that was filled with s—.”
Earlier than the commerce deadline, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor mentioned that Thompson “isn’t cherished in (Boston’s) locker room for quite a few causes” 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 recreation 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 middle performed 22 stable minutes, ending with seven factors, eight rebounds and three blocks within the successful effort.
Whereas the Thompson rumors could have confirmed to be false, they do spotlight the extent of scrutiny the Celtics are beneath this season, as they’re among the many most underwhelming groups within the NBA. They presently maintain the seventh seed within the Japanese Convention and are dangerously near being out of the playoff image altogether.