When an athlete’s old tweets resurface years later, it’s usually for all the wrong reasons, but not this time. A decade after tweeting that he wanted to see ‘his’ Celtics get their 18th banner, Tristan Thompson might be a key piece in Boston finally making it happen.
So much has changed in the decade since a 19-year-old Thompson tweeted this (from a Blackberry, no less), but the Celtics are still chasing that elusive, NBA-best Banner 18. The Los Angeles Lakers tied them this fall with their 17th.
Thompson said earlier this week that his new teammates Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, who he’s known since high school, reached out to him in free-agency about joining them in Boston, but by his own (Twitter) account, it looks like Thompson has had the green team on his mind for quite some time now. In fact, he called it “a pretty easy decision,” and “the best decision for me…to join a team trying to do something special.” He also called Marcus Smart a “bulldog,” and says he plans to bring that same kind of energy to the frontcourt. (NBC Sports Boston) Both he and his new team hope that he will be the missing piece that will finally put them over the top and into the NBA finals in 2021.
Grammar mishap in the tweet aside, it’s always great to see a new player come to town with so much enthusiasm and energy. Last season’s Celtics were such a joy to watch because they were so talented, but even moreso because of their camaraderie. So far, it seems like Thompson will fit right in with his new crew.
Celtics preseason begins next week on December 15, and they open the season on December 23, playing host to the Milwaukee Bucks. Here’s to a Banner season.
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