May 6, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn signs autographs before game four of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics: Nobody's Tankers

During last night’s broadcast of the Boston Celtics – Milwaukee Bucks game, CSNNE’s color-commentary man – none other than legendary Celtic Tommy Heinsohn – grew very agitated when the topic of tanking was brought to his attention via Twitter.

Take a look:

He wasn’t done there, as he was clearly pertrubed that anyone would even suggest the proud franchise that owns 17 NBA Championship banners deliberately lose games this season:

Tommy Gun’s comments echoed those of Jared Sullinger, who had this to say earlier this week:

And while I’m sharing Tweets, how ’bout Sully’s message to fans who are grudgingly warming up to the idea that Boston wants to be competitive this season?

I cannot tell you how glad I am to hear players and people associated with the team go public with these sentiments.  As much as fans of the Boston Celtics might want to see the team land a player such as Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, the concept of deliberately losing is one that I find offensive; a form of cheating really.  If every team that wanted to secure a high draft pick was just allowed to throw games on purpose, fans of NBA basketball would be treated to an epidemic of crappy play that would seriously destroy the integrity of the league, and the sport itself.  I understand that the Celtics team is not designed to win a championship this year, and that the more Boston wins, the more it plays itself out of the top ten in the upcoming NBA draft, but this is the Boston Celtics we are talking about, a franchise that is synonymous with winning.  Coach Brad Stevens’ team has been a pleasant surprise this year, and I appreciate the chip on the team’s shoulder and look forward to watching them try to win games all season long!

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