Boston Celtics big man Tristan Thompson made his return to the court on Wednesday, as the Celtics gritted out a tough 101-99 victory over the New York Knicks.
Afterward, Thompson — who had been sidelined due to COVID-19 since March 16 — talked about a report that circulated regarding his standing among his Celtics teammates.
“That guy, Kevin O’Connor — I don’t know if I should mention his name or not, because he doesn’t deserve my two cents, but I remember every name because I am like an elephant,” Thompson said. “So, with him saying I’m not liked in the locker room, that was funny, because that’s not the case.”
Thompson was referencing the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, who said that “Thompson is not loved in that locker room” on his podcast, The Mismatch, in March before the trade deadline. The original report, however, came from O’Connor’s co-host Chris Vernon, who noted that Thompson was in health and safety protocols for the second time this season.