Former Celtics Star Ruthlessly Dishes Out Dirt Against Jayson Tatum’s NBA Finalists

Published 06/04/2022, 12:31 AM EDT
May 21, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is helped off the floor after suffering an apparent injury in the second half during game three of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Miami Heat at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics truly made their mark this season, making it all the way to the NBA finals. Finding the right chemistry was crucial as they propelled into the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, the Celtics did not start the season off this way.

They were struggling in the regular season with a trip to the playoffs looking nearly impossible. Along the way, some players grew to lose their love for basketball. A former Celtic said the team had selfish players who didn’t make the game enjoyable.


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At the beginning of the season, the Celtics weren’t a team to root for. Not only did they struggle to win, but their basketball didn’t look pretty. Arguments kept flowing in over the duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum coexisting on the same floor. However, one embarrassing loss to the Knicks really changed things around for Boston.

Udoka fired them up, and the forces did not disappoint. Going from the 11th seed all the way up to the second seed, they pulled off a miracle. Now, with a lead in the finals, all problems seem to have faded in the mist. However, not all players could stay the whole journey.

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Notably, Juan Hernangomez did not like Celtics basketball in his short stint with the team at the beginning of the season. He even had some critical words for the organization and the players.

Former Celtics player destroys finalist with selfish players remark

Juan Hernangomez played just 18 games with the Celtics in his stint. However, in that time, he seriously grew to dislike their way of playing the game. He went off on a rant saying there were selfish players in Boston. Moreover, according to him, the communication was absent and there was no clear indication of his role with the team. This became clear as he played averaged just 5 minutes per game for the NBA finalists.

He said: “I wasn’t happy there, it was very hard. There was no communication, I didn’t know what was expected of me. There were many super selfish players, no team building. I lost my love for basketball a bit.”


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Early into the season, the Celtics were a mess. Failing to find any sort of balance, they were the 11th seed at one point. However, first-time head coach Udoka was able to fire the team. From there on out, the Celtics went out on a mission. Winning 28 of their last 35 games, they asserted themselves as the best team in basketball in that timeframe.

In addition, they jumped into the second seed. Tatum became an MVP candidate while Brown was the best number 2. Marcus Smart went on to make history winning DPOY as a guard. These Celtics looked dangerous on the floor as they dominated on both ends of the floor.


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Now, with the NBA finals in sight, Boston has a huge advantage as they won on the road. Proving they are the best team in basketball, do you think the Celtics will cap off their incredible regular season run with a championship? Let us know in the comments below.



Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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