Ex-Celtics Forward Bluntly Explains Why He Didn’t Enjoy Boston Tenure

The Boston Celtics are a very different basketball team now than they were at the start of the season, more than one in many ways.

First and foremost, a handful of players who started the campaign on the Celtics’ roster are watching the NBA Finals from home. One of those players is Juancho Hernangomez, who Boston acquired last September but left in a three-team trade with the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets in January.

One might think that four months in office is not long enough to have a very clear opinion of an organization. But that short span of time took a huge toll on the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

“It was very difficult,” Hernangomez told El Pais’ Daniel Arribas, per Yahoo Sports. “There was no communication. I didn’t know what was expected of me. There were a lot of super selfish players, no team building. I’ve lost my love for basketball a bit.”

To be fair to Hernangomez, the first few months of the season were tough for the Celtics. They were still on the learning curve under a first-time head coach and their identities hadn’t yet formed. Coincidentally, it was a week after trading Hernangomez that Boston started figuring things out, taking off and ultimately never looking back.

Hernangomez’s comments suggest he still harbors some grudges against the Celtics. As such, he could draw for the Warriors Sunday night when Boston visits Golden State for Game 2 of their best-of-seven series.

Thumbnail photo by Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports Images

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