The Celtics Played A Cold-Hearted April Fools Day Joke On The Nets That Is Straight Gold
There have been some ruthless April Fools Day jokes in NBA history, but the Boston Celtics’ prank on the Brooklyn Nets today has to go down as the most lethal, cold-hearted and straight-up mean that I’ve ever seen.
Here’s some contextual background: In the summer of 2013, the Celtics traded away future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets for, among other assets, three first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, as well as the right to swap first-rounders in 2017.
So with the Nets fucking awful this season, the Celts—who are currently a playoff team—get to steal Brooklyn’s first-rounder, which Boston so happily reminded the Nets by, get this, actually selling Brooklyn Nets gear online in their team store:
At the time of the trade, Brooklyn’s cocky, brash and way-too-confident owner Mikhail Prokhorov said this about the deal:
“Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets. With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”
The Nets did reach the playoffs the past two years, but didn’t do shit. Now Pierce and Garnett are on other teams, the Celtics have a shitload of the Nets’ draft picks and Boston is doing the Nets dirty by reminding them in kind about the deal.