Mayor Wu’s Celtics fans are entrenched

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“I have a lot of confidence in this team.”

Michelle Wu became a Celtics fan in college when the team struggled. As mayor, her fan base is on full display. David L Ryan/Universal Staff

Major political figures, especially in sports-centric towns like Boston, have long shown an affinity for local teams. Mayor Wu Xiulian is no exception, especially her deep-rooted love for basketball. This year, Wu’s enthusiasm for the team was on full display as the Celtics headed down the rough road to the Finals.

Despite having the Celtics as her team and Boston as her city, Wu wasn’t always bloody green.Born and raised in Chicago, Wu has been rooting for the Bulls since she was a child, she recently told Boston Globe. With Michael Jordan leading the team to six championships, the ’90s were a great time to be a Bulls fan. For Wu, watching the hometown team is a special treat.

Her parents are Taiwanese immigrants and Wu and her siblings are strictly prohibited from watching TV, she said. Earth. However, one exception is the Bulls game.

She and her three siblings were so obsessed with the team that they sometimes pretended to be players, she said. Wu played the role of Scottie Pippen, the Hall of Famer small forward known for his defensive tenacity.None of Wu’s children feel qualified to be Michael Jordan, she jokes Earth.

When the future mayor moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard, her allegiances began to change. To find and connect with community in a new city, Wu said she naturally leaned toward basketball and the Celtics.

“Sports teams are a big part of creating community here,” she told Earth“For me, basketball is naturally where my heart is.”

By 2012, when Wu received her law degree from Harvard, she was fully integrated into the team.When Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks played against Boston, she tweet In Lin “Except for my Celtics, I’ll cheer for you!”

Last November, Wu had the opportunity to meet some of the teams in person. Celtics stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart join Wu to dedicate the newly renovated Terrence Clark Memorial at the Vine Street Community Center at the Boston Youth and Family Center stadium.

Clark, a native of Dorrechester, died in a car accident at the age of 19. Clark is a very promising player who declared for the 2021 NBA draft after spending one season at Kentucky.

Seeing the Celtics players come together not only to honor Clark but to help inspire the next generation of Boston basketball stars was impressive to Wu.

“These players are incredible role models on and off the field. They’ve invested in the city and they’ve been helping bring attention to the needs of youth sports and supporting different components of Boston,” she told WBUR .

As a mother of two and the mayor of Boston, Wu still finds time to cheer on the team. In fact, the craze has now extended to her boys Blaise and Cass. In an interview with WBUR the morning after the Celtics lost Game 2 of the Finals, Wu described her children’s passion for the team.

“The boys are ruthless. They want to watch the score until the end. Their bedtime schedule is off track, so we were a little late for school this morning,” she told WBUR.

One of the hallmarks of this Celtics team is resilience. After a frustrating first half of the season, they rose to elite status and secured the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, they played two grueling seven-game series against Milwaukee and Miami to secure a date with Golden State. Before this week, they hadn’t lost twice in a row in the playoffs.

In an interview after the first loss to the Warriors, Wu Lei was confident.

“I have a lot of confidence in this team. They’ve shown incredible growth and the ability to analyze what’s going on and then come back in the next game,” she said on WBUR.

Whether that belief will pay off remains to be seen, but Wu fans seem ready to continue in the future.

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