Jae Crowder, the Boston Celtics forward, hasn’t taken kindly to Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors, especially after his team’s informative recruiting pitch during free agency.
The Celtics were one of the six teams who met with Durant in the Hamptons earlier this month. During the entire process, the Celtics were rumored to be one of three teams that Durant had shortlisted with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Warriors being the other two.
Jae Crowder regrets spilling beans…
According to Crowder, Boston told Durant a ton of secrets that helped them beat Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in rare away wins during the previous regular season. “We were the only team in the NBA to beat (Cleveland and Golden State) on their home court. The only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics,” the small forward told MassLive.com on Thursday.
“We told him (Durant) that. We played him clips from both games and told him basically the scouting report of how we guarded Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) — our entire game plan, basically. That’s what made me mad. We f—ing told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them,” added an animated Crowder, who proceeded to rue the fact that Boston revealed their game plan while expecting Durant to come on board.
The Celtics recruiting team was bolstered by the inclusion of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, something that nearly helped acquire Durant. In the aftermath the extravagant presentation, Crowder said that Durant joining the Warriors was “a slap in the face” to the Boston Celtics, the 17-time NBA champions, and its loyal fan base.
Golden State? Really?
“Afterward, I was talking to Isaiah (Thomas), like maybe after you sit back, (we) shouldn’t have told him everything, but who the f— thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically,” added Crowder, before adding that Durant was the toughest player to guard in the NBA.
Even though Boston missed out on Durant, they acquired all-star forward Al Horford. “He’s going to help us out a lot. And last year we won 48 games without a guy of his nature. I just think that right there, what people see, speaks volumes. He can help us out a lot. And his style of play fits right in,” Crowder said of Horford, who signed a four-year maximum contract to leave Atlanta Hawks.
Jae Crowder and the Boston Celtics are projected to be a top-3 seed in the eastern conference next year.