Flashback: ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan said Kyrie Irving could ‘never play in Boston’
ESPN personalities took turns pillorying Boston last winter. Bomani Jones implied Celtics fans cheered for Gordon Hayward because of his skin color, and Jemele Hill called the city the “gold standard of racism” in America.
But the most asinine comment about Boston came from Amin Elhassan, a front office executive-turned NBA analyst. On a podcast in January, Elhassan was talking about the Hayward ovation with TrueHoops contributor Big Wos, who seemed surprised Celtics fans would want the star forward to replace Jae Crowder.
“(Crowder) is tough, he’s blue collar and pick yourself up by the boot straps, he’s all these stupid cliches that these people claim to love so much,” Big Wos said.
This prompted Elhassan to randomly insert Kyrie Irving into the conversation, saying the point guard could never play in Boston. “That’s who they hate right there,” Elhassan stated, eight months before the Celtics acquired Irving from the Cavaliers.
Elhassan declined an opportunity to come on WEEI in January to further explain his comments.
Later in the conversation, Elhassan said the “music stops” and “everyone turns to watch” when he walks into an establishment in Boston.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog