‘Something’s Missing’- UFC Heavyweight Walt Harris Unsure About Boston Celtics NBA Title Hopes

Published 12/30/2020, 8:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (R-L) Walt Harris punches Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC Heavyweight Walt Harris may be one of the more dangerous fighters in the Heavyweight division, but he doesn’t limit himself to just MMA. Harris is a very avid NBA fan and gave some insight in a recent interview with Mike Heck of MMA Fighting.

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After Heck revealed he was a Boston Celtics fan, Harris broke down the Celtics’ current team make-up. While he said he really likes them, he feels something is missing from the squad.

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“Something’s not quite there, like something’s missing. I don’t know if it’s a piece because Jayson Tatum is the real deal. That dude is legit and I’m sold on Jaylen Brown as well as a two-way player. I think he plays on both ends of the floor and he plays hard every night. It’s just consistency is going to be his key.

“But I can’t figure out what they’re missing. They had so many opportunities to put the Heat away and they just, I don’t know. But I love the look of the Boston Celtics for sure.”

UFC fighter Walt Harris with a good read?

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We don’t see a lot of crossovers between the world of MMA and basketball unless it’s Joe Rogan breaking down whether LeBron James or Shaquille O’Neal would be good as UFC fighters. However, it is natural for fighters to have an interest in other sports. Harris is one of the few to publicly come out and talk about it.

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker and forward Jayson Tatum react during the second half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Many mainstream analysts and fans of the Celtics have also pointed out a deficiency in the team that many can’t pin-point. While some say it is the lack of a real post presence, others say it is a question of maturity. From what Harris said, he is leaning towards the maturity aspect, talking about breaking inconsistency.

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Other UFC fighters like Derrick Lewis also have openly spoken about their interest in basketball, with Lewis being a Houston Rockets fan. It is nice to see a cross-section between MMA and the NBA. Hopefully, it grows.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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