Last night in Charlotte, the Celtics had a 2017 and 2018 class reunion. After Boston’s 115-101 win, players from both Eastern Conference Finals teams met at center court.
It’s bittersweet really, because it’s a squad we never got a chance to see materialize. In the summer of 2017, Gordon Hayward signed as a free agent in the hopes of joining Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown. Daniel Theis and Jayson Tatum would be rookies that year, too. Instead, Hayward would team up with Kyrie Irving after IT was traded later that offseason to Cleveland.
Jayson Tatum Isaiah Thomas pic.twitter.com/k8b6upbHP1— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 10, 2022
Thomas’ career would get derailed by a hip injury and multiple surgeries.
Different squad but always family @T_Rozzay3 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/N0sdIFC667— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 10, 2022
Rozier was part of a sign-and-trade that brought Kemba Walker to Boston. Horford decided to leave the Celtics before knowing that Walker was on his way and has hinted that that might have affected his free agency decision.
When the cousin you haven't seen finally comes to the family function @gordonhayward pic.twitter.com/FImVxEYYUe— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 10, 2022
But for one night, that crew shared the floor for the first time — as opponents, sure, but Boston will always be a brotherhood.