The Celtics lost again on Thursday night, dropping their fifth straight 89-86 to the New York Knicks.
But the story Friday morning wasn’t about another Celtics loss.
TNT’s Marv Albert had the call of the game with Steve Kerr, and raised suspicions that the Celtics pump in fake crowd noise during games. At one point following a Paul Pierce basket, Albert asked Kerr, “You hear it? You see that’s not the real crowd, it’s part of the crowd. That is awful.”
But Albert didn’t stop there, joking that the Celtics also had a laugh track. At another point in the game, the crowd erupted after a great play and Albert joked that the cheers were really the crowd.
The Celtics refuted Albert’s claims Thursday night on Twitter:
They also issued a statement blasting the suggestion.
“Marv Albert’s comments relating to artificial crowd noise during the TNT Thursday night broadcast of the Knicks vs. Celtics game were completely erroneous. The Celtics absolutely do not utilize artificial crowd noise during our games,” the statement said. “We feel fortunate to have great fans that show up every game to enthusiastically and vocally support the team, providing a great atmosphere at the TD Garden. We have no need for artificial crowd noise and any suggestion that we do is wrong.”
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich discussed Albert’s claim on Friday morning, which got Rich extremely annoyed. Fred on the other hand doesn’t really care if the C’s or other teams, in any other sports, pump in noise.