The frustration in the Bobcats locker room reached a boiling point not just because of the loss, but because of the way the Celtics acted while handing them a 24-point beating.
Stephen Jackson captured the mood of a locker room that was more or less livid because of trash-talk they felt was taken to the extreme, addressing what he felt was a matter of disrespect by the Celtics throughout the course of the game.
“I can take getting beat, if it’s about basketball,” said
Pierce explained to reporters afterwards, “I don’t know how it started. I just thought that Ray was playing good on him. I didn’t think it was a foul on him and I was just saying, ‘Good D, Ray.’ You know how Stephen is, he is a fiery guy. That is just how he is. He is a competitor. I love to watch him play. It was just both of our competitiveness coming out. It was nothing more than that.”
Jackson said, “It turned disrespectful when certain things were said. You can be emotional, talk to your teammates and do all that, but when it’s getting personal, and you’re directing certain things at people as far as their manhood that’s when a problem comes up. And I guarantee you, if I wasn’t in this gym that wouldn’t have said that to me.”
Mid-answer, however, a Bobcats media relations member cut
“Everybody, knows me as a basketball player,”
A year ago, the Celtics handed