The Celtics and Cavaliers will meet for preseason games twice next week, but the war of words has already begun.
While LeBron James might be gone, he didn't take Cleveland's Eastern Conference titles with him. That's the point Tristan Thompson was trying to make to reporters at training camp.
Here are his comments via, Ben Axelrod of WKYC-TV:
Tristan Thompson: “We’re still 4-time Eastern Conference champions, so until you take us down from that, teams ain’t got much to say. Boston, Philly, they ain’t got much to say. Boston had homecourt Game 7 and lost. Philly, you guys almost got swept. Toronto - we know that story” pic.twitter.com/gnGqd4mGeM— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 27, 2018
About a half-hour later, the Celtics' Marcus Morris fired back.
You may recall Morris had a more pointed response to Thompson, the boyfriend of Khloe Kardashian, back in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 16, 2018
The Celtics play the Cavs in preseason games Tuesday and next Saturday and meet in the regular season for the first time on Nov. 30.