Celtics Legend Tommy Heinsohn Sets Twitter Ablaze With His Hot Takes On Lebron
Before we get into the funny Twitter stuff, let me make sure you are clear on one critically important and indisputable fact. There is no one in the history of American team sports that is more entitled to be a blatant homer - and be paid to do so until the end of their days - than Tommy Heinsohn.
Heinsohn, the former big man for the Celtics during the first Red Auerbach dynasty, is an all-time great and should be a cherished relic of the glory days of the early NBA. These are facts. He has been part of the NBA since before most of our parents were born. That doesn't mean that he isn't sometimes totally ridiculous, but we will get to that. People tend to better remember his supersar teammates like Bill Russell and Bob Cousy; so let me quickly recap for you the highlights of Heinsohn's resume so that you have the right level of context.
(AKA please let me force my love for my personal sports heroes on you...)
As a player:
- 8x NBA Champion
- 6x NBA All-Star
- 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year
- Basketball Hall of Fame (Inducted in 1986)
As a coach:
- 2x NBA Champion
- Basketball Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2015)
Additionally, Heinsohn has been broadcasting Celtics games alongside Mike Gorman since 1981, making them one of the longest-tenured teams in the history of sports broadcasting. And if all of that isn't impressive enough, try this one for size: Heinsohn has been an official part of the Celtics franchise for every single one of their 21 NBA Finals appearances and 17 NBA Championships.
With all of that being said, across the 34 years that Heinsohn has been calling games for the Celtics he has developed a distinct reputation. His bombastic outbursts are endearing and/or enraging depending on which side you are on, and his favorite targets are always the superstars; which is why Twitter was justifiably worked into a frenzy when they were re-introduced to his loveably out-of-touch commentary during the Tuesday night game between the Celtics and the Cavaliers.
At this point, he calls a game exactly how you would think a grouchy old grandfather would call it. He's critical without basis, he gets hilariously worked up over commonplace basketball occurences and he very often fails to offer any real explanation for his gripes; put simply, he absolutely loves the Celtics more than all the other teams and he cannot hide it.
And he definitely can't hide his feelings about Lebron James. Here he is going FULL HEINSOHN on probably the greatest athlete to ever step on a basketball court:
There were of course those who loved it.
I mean, just listen to his complex thoughts on Timofey Mozgov.
Some showed some hometown suppawt fah his epic Boston accent.
Others just downright couldn't stand the homer-ism.
There were even a lone few who had to remark but fell somewhere in the middle.
Then Skip Bayless weighed in an ruined everything. Thanks for ruining the only Boston-related trending topic in 2015 that I could actually love, jerk.
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