11 People who turned their backs on the Celtics

These players, coaches and other figures all turned their back on the Celtics in one way or another.
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Stephon Marbury

Only playing for the Celtics for a brief period of time, Stephon Marbury is not fondly remembered by many in the fanbase. After the trade deadline passed in the 2008-09 season, Marbury reached a contract buyout with the New York Knicks and was in search of a new team.

By the end of the month, he signed with the Celtics. He played just 23 games in Boston, which would ultimately prove to be his final run in the NBA. Marbury went on to play internationally after finishing with the Celtics, but they were his final stop in the NBA.

He averaged just 3.8 points and 3.3 assists on 34% shooting in Boston, but it was understood that Marbury was on his way out of the league by this point. What really made him a villain in the eyes of Boston fans was how he spoke about franchise legend Paul Pierce after having left the organization.

After he had left the Celtics in October 2009, Marbury got on Twitter and wrote some very unkind things about the 2008 Finals MVP. After implying that there was no way Pierce was better than Kobe Bryant, Marbury continued to rant indirectly to Paul. "Go tell Doc and Danny your daddy's that some one you fake truth. Your style is played out number 34. The hood knows your so far gone," he said.

Going so far as to mock Pierce's nickname and call him "fake truth" without offering an explanation or ever apologizing is enough to make Stephon Marbury disliked in Boston for a very long time.