- Dec 16, 2010
I think it was Jackie Mac, on a podcast the other day, that said the remaining Celtics were thrilled he left and *love* Kemba. Now some of that is loving who's there, but Jackie is pretty plugged in.An exhausting bullshit artist. I only have the bandwidth to deal with the one we have in the White House.
Using the death of a loved one to excuse/rationalize behavior that seems consistent with who he is, and is consistent with prior behavior, is a stretch. It seemed clear that he resented the success the kids had in the 2018 playoffs and his attempt to re-assert himself as the team's leader (mostly by telling everyone he was a leader, versus acting the part) blew up in his, and the team's, face. I have no idea how much of a role grief played in that. I do know that this type of behavior has been a pattern for him for the better part of his career. He's an uber-talented, uber-temperamental dude. Hopefully he finds an even keel in NJ.
EDIT: Windhorst's pod. Seems like it was Windhorst, who was in Australia, that mentioned how much they like Kemba. And he said it was clear they were drawing a distinction to Kyrie. Jackie's quote, regarding the Celtics attitude towards Kyrie, from FO on down, was "Don't let the door hit you."
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Royce Young and Malika Andrews examine the rosters of the Bucks, Celtics and 76ers and discuss if each team has made enough moves to reach the 2020 NBA Finals. Plus, they take a look at Kemba Walker's role on the Celtics (26:34) and dissect the new-look Nets...