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Jazz fans may have cool greeting for Celtics

Jazz fans may have cool greeting for Celtics

SALT LAKE CITY – During the Utah Summer League slate of games, it’s no surprise that the most vocal games are the ones involving the hometown Utah Jazz. 

But this franchise’s Fandom for tonight's Celtics-Jazz game might be ratcheted up just a bit more than usual after the Boston wooed Gordon Hayward to agree to take his talents to Boston after having spent the past seven seasons with the Jazz. 

Regardless of the Hayward situation, the Jazz have had a vocal fan base for years, summer league and otherwise.

“In Salt Lake City, I think the Jazz fans travel well,” said Celtics assistant Jerome Allen who is coaching Boston’s summer league squad. “In previous years, they tend to get a good crowd for their games. It’s one of the reasons why the league likes having summer league here.”

The Celtics will sit Jaylen Brown (coaches decision) for tonight’s game, which means an increased focus will be paid to Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, selected by the Celtics with the third overall pick in last month’s NBA draft out of Duke, is no stranger to playing in front of hostile crowds. 

Being one of the top prep players, competing in tournaments all over the country prior to playing one season for the Duke Blue Devils, it comes with the territory. 

But the 19-year-old Tatum is wise enough to know that in order to succeed in what will truly feel like a road game tonight, involves sticking with the plan – regardless of how loud the white noise from the stands may get. 

“Just focus on basketball,” said Tatum who is coming off a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds against San Antonio on Wednesday. "The fans are great, sometimes. When you’re on the road, they’re not great.  At the end of the day, it's basketball; just focus on yourself and the team and the task at hand of winning the game. It’s not easy. It’s something you have to learn as you get older.”

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.