It’s always cool to see Boston Celtics teammates spending time together off the basketball court. It shows that these players have a relationship that goes beyond basketball. It’s even more impressive when it comes to players who are new to the team.
On October 10, Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum, Payton Pritchard and Blake Griffin attended a Jack Harlow concert in Boston. Knowing what kind of reaction they would get, Harlow himself let the crowd know they were in attendance.
It didn’t stop there. The Celtics trio also did a shootaround to give fans some basketball entertainment while they were there. Tatum in particular was cheered on when he took the equivalent of a free throw at the concert. When he did, the crowd went wild.
While the 2022-23 season will be the third that Tatum and Pritchard have been teammates, Griffin has been teammates with them for about two weeks. Not only is it great to see these players looking to spend time together off the pitch, but it’s even cooler to see them welcoming their new teammate as quickly as they have in the short time he’s been on the pitch team is, have done.
On October 8, Griffin and Pritchard were among the Celtics attending the Boston College vs. University of Clemson football game, which also included Grant Williams and Sam Hauser.
Not only were the four in attendance, but they threw shirts at the crowd, much like Celtics dancers do at their home games.
Although neither of them have had any connection with Boston College since their college days, it’s clear that the four not only enjoy spending time together, but also enjoy engaging in Boston-related activities.
While it makes sense that Pritchard, Williams, and Hauser would have this sense of camaraderie after playing together for at least a year, it’s clear how quickly they’ve welcomed Griffin as their teammate since bringing him along for extra-court activities.
After Griffin made his preseason debut for the Celtics against the Charlotte Hornets, he caught up with NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin, where he praised the Celtics for their approach to the game.
“The intensity and maturity of this group is extraordinary,” Griffin told Chin. “Every day when we get to work it’s intense. It’s not like we’re going forever, but these guys are locked up and nobody has to tell us to be locked up and that’s refreshing.”
While Griffin’s words were primarily aimed at praising the Celtics, his description of their atmosphere as “refreshing” sounded like a veiled shot at his previous team, the Brooklyn Nets, after spending a season and a half with them.
Whether it was or not, it’s evident that Griffin has not only embraced the Celtics since signing with them, but his teammates have done the same.