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Celtics players have funny reaction to Jason Kidd comments

Jason Kidd looking on

Nov 19, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers coach Jason Kidd warms up players before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics think Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd might have some ulterior motives with his recent comments about Jaylen Brown.

On Saturday, Kidd made headlines with his proclamation that Brown, not Jayson Tatum, is the Celtics’ best player in his eyes. The Celtics were certainly aware of those remarks by the time they practiced Saturday afternoon, but they were not biting on them.

Veteran forward Al Horford got a good laugh out of the remarks and suggested that Kidd was pulling a “sneaky” move to try to pit the Celtics’ stars against each other.

Tatum himself took it the same way. When asked about Kidd’s comments, Tatum said Kidd was smart for trying to generate a distraction, but had no doubt that it would fail.

“This is a team sport. We understand that. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have JB on our team,” Tatum said. “People try to drive a wedge between us. It’s a smart thing to do, or try to do, but we’ve been in this position for many years, guys trying to divide us and say that one of us should get traded or one’s better than the other.”

Kidd’s comments may have been genuine, but the Celtics are definitely taking them as a bit of gamesmanship. That commitment to not being distracted is pretty impressive. No wonder their coach was so confident in their ability to handle the pressure of the NBA Finals.


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