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Two NY Jets stars troll Boston Celtics after NBA championship

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The New York Jets aren’t impressed with the Boston Celtics

On Monday, the Boston Celtics secured the franchise’s 18th NBA championship after defeating the Dallas Mavericks 106-88, winning the series 4-1. That didn’t stop New York Jets wide receiver (and New York Knicks fan) Garrett Wilson from trolling the Boston fan base with a social media post on X (formerly Twitter).

“NBA finals doesn’t count this year,” wrote the Jets’ third-year wide receiver.

Jets running back Breece Hall joined in on the criticism, saying that Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown got the “easiest ring of all time.”

Hall is one of many NBA fans who believe that the Celtics had one of the easiest paths to the NBA Finals. Boston benefited from opposing All-Star players missing multiple games in each of their three Eastern Conference series, while the Mavericks were viewed by some as an underwhelming Finals opponent.

Wilson and Hall’s comments aren’t surprising. As members of the Jets, and with Wilson being a fan of the Knicks, it’s only a rite of passage in New York fandom to maintain a rivalry with New England sports. That hasn’t stopped New England fans from mentioning the Jets’ lack of championships as a rebuttal to Wilson’s social media post.

Unlike some of those commenters, however, the Jets’ wide receiver has a background in basketball. As a multi-sport athlete in Lake Travis, Texas, Wilson excelled in basketball. He led Lake Travis to a 30-8 record before falling in the Class 6A Region IV championship game. Although Wilson’s high school success did not translate to a professional basketball career, he is in a prime position to break out as an NFL wide receiver in his third season.

Entering 2024, the Jets are expecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be completely healthy after tearing his Achilles in Week 1 last season. And with a healthy Rodgers, expectations for Wilson are through the roof.

The 2022 Offensive Rookie of the Year has started the offseason in sync with his 40-year-old quarterback, and many (including Rodgers) have likened the Jets wide receiver’s potential to that of Davante Adams. Adams was Rodgers’ teammate in Green Bay with the Packers, who exploded in 2021 with 123 receptions for 1,553 receiving yards. That’s the ceiling many are expecting for Wilson this year, with Adams himself believing that the Jets’ third-year wide receiver is a special talent.

With the eighth-best odds of having the highest win total in the NFL this season, the Jets are facing high expectations with Rodgers at quarterback. If the Jets wish to make a postseason splash of their own to rival Boston’s, Wilson’s talent will have to shine through.

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