Getty Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics drives the ball against Duncan Robinson #55 of the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics have a storied history of talking about each other in the media. Pat Riley has perhaps the most epic statement in the war of words between the two franchises when he said, “Danny Ainge needs to shut his mouth and manage his own team,” in a statement. Kevin Garnett regularly sounds about the Heat and LeBron James. Udonis Haslem does what he does UD and supports heat and heat culture, and Haslem was ready to step up in those heated battles.
“A lot of respect for the career that Kevin Garnett had and the success that he had,” Haslem said. “But the s— that comes out of his mouth at one point has nothing to do with basketball and it’s the most disrespectful s— I’ve ever heard. For me, in situations in the Boston Celtics series that got hot and hot, I needed Chris (Bosh) to step up one time and I would have taken care of the rest. But it never got to that point.”
On Wednesday, a Heat player criticized Boston’s direction, but it wasn’t about the players or the franchise. It was about the team facilities. Duncan Robinson called the Celtics’ opposing team’s locker room the worst in the NBA and compared it to a high school locker room.
Duncan Robinson in the Celtics’ away locker room
“If you walk in and say, ‘This is a high school locker room,’ I’d say this is a high school locker room,” Robinson said on the latest episode of his Long Shots podcast.
The quote came from a conversation Robinson was having with Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Pat Connaughton, who quickly agreed with Robinson, stating that it was the worst thing he had ever seen professionally.
“The Boston Celtics locker room is the worst locker room for a visiting team in the NBA,” Connaughton said.
Both players spent a fair amount of time in said visiting locker room. His comments come after he was eliminated in this year’s postseason by the Celtics. Will the comments lead to some kind of renewal by the Celtics at TD Garden? It’s unlikely, but it could lead them to do it.
Futuro de Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem, the Heat enforcer whose quotes about the Cs and Kevin Garnett were previously shared, has a big weekend ahead of him.
On Sunday, August 21, the Heat veteran is set to declare whether he will return for his 20th season in Miami next year at his basketball and cheerleading camp at Miami High School, where he played before attending the University of Florida.
Haslem’s most recent statements left much to the imagination about where he was leaning about returning as a player or in another capacity in Miami.
“I don’t know,” Haslem said after completing a presentation on behalf of his foundation. “We are thinking about it. But either way, I will always be a part of the Heat family. I’m not going anywhere, whether I play or not. I will always impact that organization.”
What Haslem decides will help determine a lot for the Heat’s locker room because if he signs, the team will be at its luxury cap and won’t be able to sign any other players.