BOSTON -- Danny Ainge can't do any recruiting of NBA superstars for the Celtics right now.
But Celtics fans? They can give it a shot.
On Wednesday night at the TD Garden, in the middle of a basketball game, they threw up a Hail Mary. Hey, why not?
"Come-to-Bos-ton!" chants broke out around the arena on more than one occasion with the sole recipient of those chants being Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Earlier on Wednesday Durant was asked about his thoughts on the team and city, of which he only had nice things to say.
It sure seems like the feeling is mutual.
And even before the game started Durant could feel the love, He was introduced as a Thunder starter to a round of cheers by Celtics fans.
There aren't many opposing players around the league (former C's not included) who can say they've been cheered by Celtics fans in the Garden. Dwight Howard, who will also be a free agent this offseason and played in Boston last week, can tell you that. He was booed plenty last week.
But as Durant sliced and diced his way to 28 points -- oh, by the way, that's his scoring average per game this season -- he did so as Celtics fans envisioned him in green and white.
But did those "Come-to-Bos-ton!" chants fall on deaf ears? They may have. At least that's what Durant wants everybody to think.
Told after the game what the fans were chanting, Durant claimed he couldn't quite hear them.
“I didn’t even hear that man," Durant said. "I couldn’t understand what they were saying. They said that?”
Yes, they did.
So will you come to Boston?
Kidding, that wasn't the follow up question. But Durant was then asked what he thought of it.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. No thoughts, really," he said. "I mean, I’m just happy we won.”
Well, that's kind of a bummer.
But if nothing else, the Celtics gave Durant another nice memory to take with him about Boston. And who knows, maybe that will come into play in July . . .
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