The Celtics’ locker room was reportedly dysfunctional all through the 2020-21 NBA season for a myriad of causes stemming from friction between head coach Brad Stevens and the gamers, per The Athletic’s Jared Weiss.
It was reportedly so dysfunctional that when former Pistons ahead Blake Griffin requested a Celtics participant if he ought to be part of the crew earlier this season, he was suggested to not due to the strain.
Kemba Walker, who was traded to the Thunder Friday, was rumored to be on the transfer through the offseason. Nevertheless, as soon as Walker heard of the Celtics’ effort to commerce him, it was evident he wouldn’t be there long run.
What did not assist was that Walker and Stevens, have been allegedly at odds with one another, and their relationship was characterised as “tension-filled”, per the report. Stevens was tougher on Walker, particularly for his defensive errors than different gamers, and reportedly confirmed favoritism for different high gamers.
Stevens was reportedly extra aggressive with some gamers after Gordon Hayward left for the Hornets. Hayward allegedly instructed Stevens that he wanted to ascertain a stronger voice if the crew wished to win.
Walker grew to become extra open to taking part in for an additional franchise after the crew began getting booed at TD Backyard for his or her struggles. The boos reportedly “pissed him off.”
By the top of the season, it reportedly was broadly believed the Celtics misplaced their tradition of successful. This was exemplified when Boston gamers paid no thoughts to Nets guard and former Celtic Kyrie Irving stomping on the crew’s emblem.
Gamers even started to voice their issues over Stevens’s “school offense” that usually left the crew’s greatest gamers in isolation conditions. They started to welcome the thought of a training change for Stevens’s favoritism of gamers and lack of ability to carry some accountable as properly, per the report.
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