The Prince and Princess of Wales were on Wednesday night’s Boston Celtics game, but not everyone in the building was impressed.
Prince William and Kate Middleton stopped at TD Garden on their first trip to the United States in almost a decade.
The duo’s appearances garnered a lot of attention, but their presence apparently went almost unnoticed by some Celtics players and coaches.
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The couple are joined by Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and his wife Emilia Fazzalari, co-owner Steve Pagliuca and his wife Judy, Celtics great and Hall of Famer Thomas “Satch” Sanders and others.
The royal family received a somewhat mixed response from fans in the arena.
But the royal family’s presence didn’t seem to resonate with NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month Joe Mazzulla.
A reporter asked Mazzulla at the post-match press conference if he had spoken to the royal family.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph?” He replied sarcastically.
“Oh no, I didn’t know. I’m only familiar with one royal family. I don’t know much about him,” she continued, after a reporter clarified who the Prince and Princess of Wales were.
Mazzulla was unexpectedly promoted to replace Ime. Udoka was suspended for the 2022-2023 season for “violating team policies” after she was reportedly having an affair with a female employee at the organization.
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Celtic players were seen passing by the couple while they were controlling the match, and Mazzulla occasionally walked in front of the couple.
Before the match, a message supporting the Celtics was shared from the official Twitter account of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Jaylen Brown was also asked to share her feelings about competing in front of members of the royal family, and she coldly replied, “It was a casual game for me.”
The video, captured by Fox News Digital, showed the royal couple waving to their fans as they exited the game.
MVP nominee Jayson Tatum scored 49 points and 11 rebounds overnight. At one point in the game, William was caught on camera complimenting Tatum as “very good”.
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The Celtics (18-4) beat the Miami Heat 134-121 to win their fifth game in a row. Boston retained its top spot in the Eastern Conference.