If you watched the Boston Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks on New Year's Eve, you probably saw Jeff Green and Brandon Bass get into it.
The Celtics continue to downplay the situation, and rightly so. This type of stuff happens all the time in professional sports, period. Hopefully this blows over quickly. Here's some reaction from Baxter Holmes' piece in the Boston Globe:
“We’re trying to figure out a way to win,” Green said of the altercation. “Like any team, you’re going to bump heads. Because somebody might see it one way, somebody might see it another. But when it all boils down to it, we’re both trying to figure out a way to win. And that’s what it was. We just had a miscommunication and you [media] just saw it. That’s it. It happens with every team. It probably happens more than you know.”
Said Bass, “It happens all the time, with anybody. When you want to win that bad, things happen. But it wasn’t a big thing. It was something small that was easy to correct.”
“Yeah, but I didn’t lose any sleep over it,” [Stevens] said. “Anybody that’s been on a team knows that those things happen. I would be concerned about it if it wasn’t two good people. I think Jeff Green is a great person. I think Brandon Bass is a great person. Both of them have acknowledged that it was a little thing and they’ve both moved on.”
Clearly the Celtics have moved past it, and we need to also. Things will be just fine amongst the players Thursday night when they take the floor in Chicago. Brad Stevens has not lost control of his players. There is honestly nothing to see here. Let's turn our focus to this back to back against the Bulls and Pelicans.
Source: Baxter Holmes/Boston Globe
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