Tristan Thompson disputes he doesn’t like Celtics teammates
Tristan Thompson has dismissed a report that he was unpopular in the Boston locker room after the Celtics’ 101-99 win over the New York Knicks.
“I laughed,” Thompson told reporters. “In my 10 years of basketball, I don’t know there is a teammate who doesn’t like me in the locker room. I know it was full of s —.”
Ahead of the trade deadline, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said that Thompson “isn’t liked in the (Boston) locker room for many reasons” on The Mismatch Podcast. Both Jalen Brown and Kemba Walker have put an end to the idea that Thompson is not liked by his teammates.
Thompson played his first game in nearly a month on Wednesday, when he had been out since March 14 due to league health and safety protocols. The veteran center played 22 solid minutes, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the winning effort.
While the Thompson rumors turned out to be false, they underscore the Celtics’ level of surveillance this season as they are among the most disappointing teams in the NBA. They currently hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and are dangerously close to not being completely eliminated from the playoffs.