Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder is none-too-pleased with Boston fans cheering Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during lineup introductions before Tuesday’s game at TD Garden.
“I heard the cheering before the game. I didn’t like that at all,” said Crowder. “I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me.”
“I just felt disrespected,” Crowder added.
Hayward, with Butler University connections to Boston head coach Brad Stevens, could be a potential free agent and Boston fans were likely trying to woo him, in their own way.
Stevens addressed the potential free agency of Hayward after Monday’s practice.
“I’m not allowed to talk about [other teams’ players], as you know,” Stevens said. “Certainly, you have an idea on that, generally, but I don’t get into that stuff because (A) it’s not the appropriate time and (B) out of respect for the other teams.”
Boston’s Isaiah Thomas had high praise for Crowder’s performance against the Jazz;
“When he’s playing that well on offense, it’s tough to beat us,” said Thomas. “We know he’s going to bring it on the defensive end. And when he’s making shots and attacking the hole, getting fouls, that just gives us another weapon.”