Monday, June 16, 2014

Shabazz Napier talks at June 17 workouts




The hometown kid is hoping to stay close to home in a Celtics uniform.

ESPN Boston

"I came in [Sunday] night to shoot a little bit, and for about a good 5-10 minutes, I looked around at the banners," said Napier. "It’s just a warm feeling. It’s the Celtics. Growing up, when you’re a Boston fan, you get those chills every time you watch the game. It took me about 5-10 minutes to realize that I was here."

Napier is projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick and could be available when the Celtics select at No. 17 next week. If he's chosen by one of the league's other 29 teams, his fandom will be checked on June 26, but standing beneath the Celtics banners on Monday, he indulged himself a bit.

"I grew up in Boston, so that’s all we know," said Napier. "We were watching one of the films in there that they put up and one of the guys was like, ‘Why were folks crying when Paul Pierce injured himself in the playoffs and they picked him up off the court?’ I said, 'That’s Boston. You won’t ever understand it unless you play for Boston or you’ve lived in Boston. That’s just how we are. We love our teams. There’s no bandwagon fans in Boston. Whether we have a great year or not, we all support like it’s the best team we got.' He was like, ‘Man, Boston is crazy.’ I said, 'That’s what we are. Some crazy fans that want nothing but the best for our teams.'

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