Shortly after a Celtics home victory over the Utah Jazz, Jae Crowder went on a Twitter rant about his displeasures with the Boston crowd cheering for Utah’s Gordon Hayward. In his tweet spree, he talked about having no problem leaving Boston, how he’d be appreciated elsewhere, and even retweeted a fan telling him to come back to the Dallas Mavericks.
Okay, this may come off as a little biased since I am a Celtics fan, but I’m going to try my hardest to make this as unbiased as possible. So Jae Crowder is pissed that some Boston fans cheered on a possible player the Celtics will target once free agency starts next summer, right? The same thing occurred last season when free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant came to town. Just because of some fans that cheer for a player that they either like, support, or want to come to Boston (or all three), that doesn’t mean you should freak out over it. And I’m saying this as a basketball fan in general. Jae was offended because the fans are cheering for a guy that happens to play his position, was coached under Brad Stevens in college, and will be a free agent the Celtics will target this summer. I understand how that may annoy a player a bit, but to go as far to rant about how you have no problem leaving Boston, the team that gave you a chance to shine in the first place? Are you crazy?
When Jae Crowder was traded to Boston in exchange for Rajon Rondo, fans expected him to be a guy that filled out the rotation and sat at the end of the bench. Nobody expected him to become such a vital part of this team and everything it stands for. Hell, when he was traded to Boston I hadn’t even heard of the guy, but now I’ve grown to love him. Just because some fans cheer for a guy they want on this team doesn’t mean they want you off the team, Jae. I want Gordon Hayward on the team. I think he’s a fantastic player and could be a huge step forward to help this team contend for a championship. But just because I want him on the team doesn’t mean I want you off.
As a Celtics fan, I am annoyed by his comments and believe he took it too far. He freaked out over something that shouldn’t have even been an issue in the first place. I love Jae Crowder, but he lost the respect of a lot of fans. You have to think if anything will come out of this. It is trade season, so will Jae be shipped off somewhere if he continues with his complaining? He already followed the Orlando Magic on Twitter shortly after his rant, so you have to think if that’s a sign of things to come. The Celtics did have ties to the Magic over center Nikola Vucevic, so maybe something may come along with that, or maybe not.
I personally don’t want Jae Crowder to leave this team. I love Jae and his work ethic and how he plays at 100 percent every game. I feel Jae’s the heart and soul of this team and will continue to be in the years to come. Hopefully, this anger turns into motivation for Jae to better himself and shows those fans that they should be cheering for him, which they probably did since he scored 21 points, including shooting 5-6 from three. I’m annoyed that this happened, but hopefully it gets swept under the rug and everybody can just move on and be ready for the next game against the 76ers and Massachusetts native Nerlens Noel.