Celtics coach Brad Stevens can at least still joke amid his team’s recent struggles.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever said that,” Stevens said during an interview Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub, when asked about the F-bomb he dropped during the Celtics’ nationally televised loss Tuesday night the to Toronto Raptors.
“Except every minute of the last two weeks,” he added, alluding to his team’s five losses in their past seven games.
The betrayal of the Indiana-bred coach’s purported Midwestern wholesomeness came after a technical foul was called on Jayson Tatum, punctuating a second quarter in which the Celtics were outscored 36-13.
“Oh, everybody saw it. F***. Who cares?” Stevens yelled at official J.T. Orr, which picked up clearly on the TV broadcast.
Brad Stevens, yelling to JT Orr who just T'd up Tatum for waving at him after the offensive foul call:
"JT! Airpunch, he loses his mind, that's one thing. He waved! ….. Oh everybody saw it. F– who cares?" pic.twitter.com/kg39MBeDT9
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) February 27, 2019
When the team returned to the court for the second half, Stevens said that former Celtics player and NBC Sports Boston commentator Brian Salabrine took off his headset and reminded him about the microphones.
“I’m steaming as it is,” Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “He goes, ‘Hey watch your mouth, those mics are on right there.’ And I look down the court and there’s seven mics. Thanks a lot, Scal. Maybe tell me in the first quarter before I lose my mind.”
The 37-24 Celtics have another nationally televised game Wednesday night back in Boston against the Portland Trail Blazers. And hopefully, Stevens is now aware of where the on-court mics are located.