Robert Kraft addresses Celtics in locker room after Game 3 win in NBA Finals

BOSTON — Before owning the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft was known to be a die-hard fan of the local team. But the soccer team wasn’t his only love.

Kraft was a Brookline teenager when the Celtics won their first championship in 1957, and his affinity for the C’s lingers to this day.

Just days before his 81st birthday, Kraft didn’t pass up his opportunity to attend Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and the Warriors on Wednesday night. And since Kraft was Kraft, he made it to the dressing room after the game to deliver a message to the winning team.

The Celtics shared a short clip of this speech on social media.

“I’ve been watching the Celtics since I was a kid — and that’s been a few years,” Kraft said, while C’s owner Wyc Grousbeck and head coach Ime Udoka stood by his side. “Back with Bill Russell and Bob Cousy and [Bill] Sharman and [Jim] loose cutoff. And I loved the teams from the start [Larry] Bird. But when you see that, you have something special here.”

Having been so close to six championship teams at Foxboro, Kraft certainly has special team experience. Those Celtics are now two wins away from proving him right.

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