Tristan Thompson ‘P*ssed Off’ With Celtics’ Pre-Season Game Against the Nets

Published 12/20/2020, 3:10 AM EST


Tristan Thompson is the newest addition to the Boston Celtics. Thompson signed with the Celtics in free agency. He makes a solid addition to a young Celtics roster that lacked size before his arrival.

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But Thompson provides more than just size. He has championship experience and leadership skills that the Celtics sorely needed.

Celtics reporter Jay King revealed that Tristan Thompson was unhappy with the Boston Celtics’ preseason game performance against the Nets. He added that Thompson wanted the team to set a new tone during their practice session the following day.

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With a young core in the Celtics, it became clear over the past few seasons that they don’t have a locker-room leader. Because of the overall lack of experience, the team doesn’t have one player to rally the troops ahead of games and get them in the right mindset to play their way out of tough situations.

Tristan Thompson – Celtics’ new leader

However, Thompson can do just that. Despite being only 29 years of age, Thompson has a lot of experience in the league. He knows what it is like to be a starting player on an NBA championship team.

Thompson won his only NBA championship in 2016 when the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in 7 games.

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The mental toughness displayed in that series is what Thompson wants to see from the Celtics. The Cavs were 3-1 down during their series but still fought back in order to reclaim the series. They played 3 consecutive must-win games in order to clinch the title.

Thompson clearly took note of LeBron James’ leadership abilities and wants to use that in order to help this young Celtics team achieve their full potential.

With players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who have very high potential, the Celtics will want to capitalize on their abilities as soon as possible.

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History has shown that superstar players will leave if their team cannot achieve success with them. Thompson can be a true leader for the Celtics if he continues to hold himself and all the players to a higher standard.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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