In a year, LeBron James is expected to enter free agency in the NBA. Many teams will be interested in the talents of the Los Angeles Lakers star, but we can probably cross the Boston Celtics off the list.
James didn’t have very good things to say about the Celtics, particularly their fanbase, during an episode of his talk show “The Shop” that aired Friday. Specifically, he identified TD Garden as his least favorite place to play after footballer Marcus Rashford discussed Premier League venues.
James’ business partner, Maverick Carter, and the show’s co-creator, Paul Rivera, were also part of the conversation.
The full swap:
Carter: “In basketball, there are fans who can literally take the game away from you. You can feel like the fans won’t let us win this one tonight. Where?”
Rivera: “Why do you hate Boston?”
James: “Because they’re racist like f***, that’s why. They’ll say anything, and that’s fine. I mean, f***, that’s my wife, she dealt at them his whole life I don’t mind I hear it, if I hear someone nearby I check it real quick I’m on to the game no matter what the f*** they gon’ say what they mean. They might throw something, I was thrown a beer leaving a game.”
Carter: “It’s the only place in the NBA where you and them have jerseys and they say like ‘F*** LeBron.'”
James: “Yeah, that’s like a ‘F***LBJ’ t-shirt. I think they probably sold it at the fucking team store.”
It’s no surprise that an NBA star identifies Boston as a particularly unfriendly place to visit, but it’s not every day you see someone who owns a Boston Red Sox game go after it. to a Boston fan base.
Both James and Carter are investors in the Fenway Sports Group, a company primarily owned by John Henry and owning the majority of the Red Sox, Liverpool FC, Pittsburgh Penguins and RFK Racing. This works out to a very small percentage of each team for James, who didn’t exactly converted his baseball fandom to Boston.
The behavior of Celtics fans also made news earlier this summer when the Golden State Warriors complained about their foul language in the NBA Finals.
For what it’s worth, James is 11-14 against the Celtics on the road in his career. In the playoffs, he lost his first two series to Boston in his career but has since won five straight, most recently with a seven-game win for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018.
Celtics fans were far from the only thing discussed on “The Shop,” as it was also the episode featuring the widely covered comments James made about Brittney Griner and the US government.