Following an impressive Celtics victory, besting the four-seeded team in the Western Conference in the Utah Jazz, there was a lot of talk surrounding one of the stars of the game for the Celtics. No, not Isaiah Thomas. It was Jae Crowder, who put up an impressive showing with 21 points on 5-6 shooting from 3. However, throughout the game and even during intros, the Celtics "faithful" cheered for Jazz forward, Gordon Hayward.
This angered Crowder, and he took to Twitter following the game. His first tweet was, "HOME TEAM FANS CHEERING FOR THE OPPOSING PLAYERS NOW.. AW MAN OK... SMH BUT GOOD WIN FELLAS ONTO THE NEXT ONE.!!" ( Jae Crowder -@CJCBOSS). Later on his little tirade, a Celtics fan told Crowder, "Welcome to Boston... love it or leave it," which is where Crowder's tantrum started to escalate. His response there was, "< I HAVE NO PROBLEM LEAVING IT.!!" Later on, Crowder also retweeted a Mavericks fan's tweet, telling him should go back to Dallas.
Other minor things proceeded, like Crowder following the Orlando Magic on Twitter.
So now for the reaction:
This was an absolutely unacceptable, childish, diva move by Jae Crowder. Celtics fans, on social media and those who were at the game, just enjoyed watching Crowder and IT lead the Celtics offense to a 115-104 victory over the top rated defense in the NBA. You play in the BOSTON market... this isn't Dallas anymore, Jae. In fact, while the Celtics are looking to improve, Dallas is still searching for answers. So to retweet a fan's tweet who wants you to come back to Dallas, a team that dealt you for a shell of Rajon Rondo, is just ridiculous in itself.
On top of that, it makes you look like a phony. You talk all the time about how the team comes first, and how everything starts and ends with team. You even sported a warmup shirt, along with the rest of the Celtics, last postseason that said "We Are One Superstar." So to go out on Twitter and basically state that you couldn't care less if you were in Boston is going to make Celtics fans want you gone; even the Green Teamers. And trust me, it takes a special kind of stupid to bug them. I'm talking about the fans that thought guys like Evan Turner deserve max deals.
But Celtic fans, especially the ones that started getting really personal in their disgust for Crowder's twitter rant, need to understand how frustrating it must be to be Jae Crowder at this point in his career. He was a castoff in Dallas, and was dealt to a rebuilding situation in Boston where he really has seemed to embrace it and take off running with it. He's even become a fan favorite in Boston for his hard work, his energy, and his recent emergence as an offensive threat, as well as his underrated defensive prowess.
But back to the point, Crowder is in literally every rumor the Celtics are in that involves trading for superstar talent. And on a team with a lot of young guys, and a fan base that is starting to get upset over the constant promise for fireworks, only to get a flare, these rumors are beginning to intensify. So for a guy like Jae Crowder, it has to be hard, being the focal point of these deals. So for the fans to cheer for Gordon Hayward, albeit he's a stud and would be a perfect fit in Brad Stevens' offense, Crowder is going to take offense to it. Especially considering he was playing a pretty damn good game as well. Fans will argue it's because they want Hayward to come to Boston, however that didn't help when it came to KD. He loved Boston, but did he sign here? No. And cheering for Gordon Hayward isn't going to help the Celtics chances at signing him.
Now Crowder did wind up deleting his tweets, so obviously there was some remorse for that little temper tantrum he had. Was it uncalled for? Hell yeah, it was. Crowder acted like a self-centered little baby when he took to Twitter. It's a business, man, and if you don't fit the business plan, you're not going to be here for long. But at the same time, I completely understand where he's coming from.
But next time, keep it to yourself, Crowder. Don't stir the pot.