New Celtics had no prior love for C's

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New Celtics had no prior love for C's

It's very, very, easy to hate the Celtics.

Not as a Celtics fan, of course, but as a fan or player of just about every other team in the NBA.

Don't believe it? Just ask two Celtics newcomers, Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling.

Both veterans have played against the Celtics many times in their careers, and at least over the last few years neither of them say anything nice about the team from an opponents perspective.

"Outside looking in you hate them, you know?" Wilcox said. "But when you're here, you love them. Because it's like a family. It's family-oriented. The guys in the locker room are great, the guys upstairs are great. So it's just like being home at the family reunion when you come here, because everybody is on the same page, everybody is about one thing and that's winning."

Wilcox is right on the money. Until you're accepted into the family, there's no way you'd understand what it's like. Kevin Garnett's scowl and bark, or Paul Pierce's and Rajon Rondo's on-court demeanor certainly won't earn them any friends on the opposing team, but that's fine with them.

Heck, guys they've won championships with who have now gone on to other teams probably hate them again.

Dooling certainly knows how easy it is for the Celtics to get under the skin of opponents. The C's and the Milwaukee Bucks, Dooling's former team, went at it on a few memorable occasions in recent seasons.

"As an opponent against them you really don' like playing against them" Dooling said. "They're very loud, they're very aggravating they're very, you know what I mean, they have that Celtic moxie so to speak.

"You didn't like that when you were playing against them. But now that I'm on this side I look forward to being the antagonist a little bit as well."

C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

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C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

WALTHAM -- The national anthem protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have had an undeniable ripple effect on professional sports teams across the country. And that includes the Boston Celtics.
 
“We as an organization know what’s going on,” said Marcus Smart. “We read and see and hear about it every day. It’s a sensitive subject for everybody.”
 
While it’s unlikely that Celtics players will do something similar to Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, there’s no question some are figuring out the best way to utilize their platform as athletes to express their views on current social issues.
 
“Us athletes have to take advantage of the stage we’re on,” said Jae Crowder. “Try to make a positive out it. You can’t fix negative problems with negative energy. I don’t want to do anything negative; I want to do something positive, shed light on the situation.”
 
Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and a number of professional athletes have tried to have more attention paid to recent killings of African-Americans by police officers where, based on the video footage, it appears excessive or unnecessary force was used.
 
It is a topic that has brought a wide range of responses from many in the sports world, including the dean of NBA coaches, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
 
During the Spurs’ media day this week, he was asked about the Kaepernick’s protests.
 
“I absolutely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, and I respect their courage for what they’ve done,” Popovich told reporters. “The question is whether it will do any good or not because it seems that change really seems to happen through political pressure, no matter how you look at it.”
 
As examples of the political pressure he was referring to, Popovich mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ability to galvanize group, as well as the NBA and other organizations pulling their events out of the state of North Carolina because of its legislation as it relates to the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
 
“The important thing that Kaepernick and others have done is keep it in the conversation,” Popovich said.
 
And while there may be differing opinions as to whether Kaepernick or any other athlete should be protesting, the one common thread that seems to bind the Celtics players and the front office is them having the right to speak out not only as professional athletes, but Americans.
 
“The biggest thing is we all really value the freedoms that we have and that we’ve been allotted,” said coach Brad Stevens, who added that he has had individual discussions with players on this subject. “We certainly support an individual’s freedoms. It’s been great to engage in those discussions. It’s been really fun for me how excited our guys are about using their platform.”
 
And that more than anything else is why Crowder feels the Celtics have to have a united front as far as the message they present to the masses.
 
“If we want change we have to do it together,” Crowder said. “I feel like those guys (other athletes) used their platforms well. I think more athletes should do the same. You can’t do it with any hatred; you can’t do it with any negative. You have to do it with positive energy.”