Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is confident the Boston Celtics will win the No. 18 banner this season – and that was before the team’s impressive Game 3 win at TD Garden to take a 2-1 lead during the NBA Finals.
Ahead of the whistleblower Wednesday night, Baker told California Governor Gavin Newsom in a tweet that the Celtics will be the next winners of the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.
Baker asked Newsom to place a friendly bet on the series, saying Newsom will wear a C jersey of Baker’s choice when Boston defeats the Golden State Warriors. He didn’t say which jersey — maybe Jayson Tatum? Jaylen Brown? Smart Marcus? Or could it be Al Horford?
If the Warriors win, however, Baker said he would wear a Golden State jersey of Newsom’s choice.
Seems like a reasonable deal.
Less than an hour later, Newsom replied that he would take the bet, noting that his choice for Baker is a Steph Curry jersey.
This isn’t the first time Newsom and Baker have bet on their hometown’s professional sports teams. In 2019, the two governors made a similar bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl, with each promising to wear one of the other’s team jerseys and also volunteer with a local charity.
Baker said he looked forward to a California charity “reaping the benefits of another championship for New England”, while Newsom said he was confident the people of Massachusetts would “mourn in their chowder”.
As New Englanders fondly remember, the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 that year, so Newsom ended up serving lunch in a Sacramento kitchen while wearing a Tom Brady jersey.
Just like the Pats did three years ago, Baker hopes the Celtics can help him pull off another gamble this year.
Boston is back in action Friday night for Game 4 at TD Garden, and the Celtics will be looking to take a 3-1 series lead before returning to San Francisco.
Hopefully we won’t see Baker in a Curry jersey soon.