NBA fans better not mess with Tristan Thompson.
Thompson spoke ahead of Game 3 on Friday on the Celtics-Nets series about the recent spate of incidents between fans and players, and C’s big man made it clear that viewers had better not attempt anything like what has been seen on other places at the start of the NBA 2021. playoffs.
“I dare a son of a bitch to spit on me,” Thompson said, according to CLNS Media. “I’ll follow you home.”
Considering Thompson is 6-9 and 254 pounds, it would probably be best for fans to avoid pissing him off.
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Boston is at home for the next two games in the series, so TD Garden fans don’t seem likely to go after their own player.
Still, Thompson felt the need to get that message across after a Knicks fan spat on the Hawks’ Trae Young during Game 3 of the New York-Atlanta series Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks kicked the fan out of the arena. Young’s incident was just the latest of several during the NBA postseason.
On Wednesday, the 76ers expelled a Wells Fargo Center fan for throwing popcorn at Wizards guard Russell Westbrook as Westbrook walked to the locker room. The Jazz expelled several Vivint Arena fans for making vulgar and racist comments at the family of Grizzlies guard Ja Morant during the first two games of the Jazz-Grizzlies series.
The issue has received a lot of attention in Boston after Nets guard Kyrie Irving called fans there before Games 3 and 4, accusing them of “subtle racism.”
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Thompson was asked if anything “racial” had been said to him when he was with the Cavaliers.
“Yes, of course, definitely,” Thompson said, according to Dan Roche from WBZ. “I mean, I think that’s what makes Boston fans special, not the racism part, but the part that they are so into the game and they want to be the sixth man on the court with the way they are. they can get under our skin and taunt us and try to do that. I’ve definitely heard guys say some crazy things, but I think they’re just trying to do that to try and get into the player’s head and sometimes it works, to sometimes not.
“At the end of the day, my experience, personally, being a Celtic, nobody has said anything racial to me as a player.
“As a visitor, it’s a different story. But I mean, if they choose to use those kinds of words to get a player’s attention, that just comes from their training at home and the lack of training at home, that’s what my mom I would say. So for us who am Celtic now, they have been great, they have hugged me with open arms and supported me. So I hope they can be loud tonight and be a great one for us in the crowd tonight. “
Thompson’s account is not exactly the same as that of teammate Marcus SmartBut it also goes against Celtics president Danny Ainge, who says he “never heard” players complain about racism during his 26 years with the organization.
But as Thompson said, there is hope that fan antics similar to those of the other games will not be showcased Friday at TD Garden.
If so, then Thompson may have a problem.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.