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Boston Celtics Becoming One of the Most Hated Teams in the NBA

BOSTON - APRIL 28:  Brad Miller #52 of the Chicago Bulls looks after his bloody mouth in the overtime against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 106-104 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Yama HazheerCorrespondent IIApril 30, 2009

As you may have seen, the Boston Celtics are turning into today's Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy"-era type team.

They have players on the bench screaming obscene profanities to opposing players, acting like thugs, and committing unnecessarily hard fouls.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were never winners and were very likable players—until they joined up together on the Celtics.

Pierce has become cockier. He claims that he is the best player in the league. It's good to have confidence, but you have to have a point where you should not get cocky.

Being the self-proclaimed "best player in the league" is not confidence, it's cockiness. You never see LeBron James or Kobe Bryant going out and calling themselves the best player in the league—they give each other the title instead.

The Big Ticket has turned into the Big Jerk by many former fans. He has been obnoxious and rude ever since he joined the Celtics. He has made an even bigger case for it thus far in the playoffs.

He can not play due to injury, so he screams and yells at opposing players while sitting on the bench in his suit. He was notably shown yelling at Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and center Brad Miller.

Garnett has been picking on smaller guards this past season and the NBA has yet to do anything about it but "keeping an eye on the situation." That hasn't done anything, since Garnett still harasses players.

Rajon Rondo has become a part of the act ever since the playoffs have started. He has played feisty and has gotten tangle up with players on many occasions.

The referees were criticized for not calling a flagrant foul on Rondo in the closing seconds of Game Five because he slapped across Brad Miller's face which later resulted in Miller getting stitches.

In Game Six, Rondo attacked guard Kirk Hinrich. He pulled him down, and Hinrcich hit the scorers' table while they were running back on the other side of the court.

A flagrant one foul was called this time—but this should have been a flagrant two, which results in an ejection.

The Celtics may be the best basketball franchise ever, but their actions on the court these past few seasons are making them one of the most-hated teams as well.

 

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