Jaylen Brown is not happy with Kyrie Irving over the point guard’s comments on Saturday.
Irving was frustrated with how the Celtics’ final play went in a 2-point loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. He was seen telling Gordon Hayward that Hayward made the wrong play. Then after the game, Irving was critical of the team’s young players, saying they don’t know what it takes to win a championship.
“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team. What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?” Irving said. “There were no expectations last year. Everyone played free and easy. Everyone surpassed whatever they expected for themselves. This year? We all have high expectations. The players, the coaches, everyone. And that’s good, but we aren’t doing it yet. We can get there. We’ve got to be better. I’ve got to be better. We need to win these games on the road. That’s on me as a leader. I need to be a better leader and to help get us there.”
Here’s the thing: If Irving is going to say something like that, then he better back things up with MVP-level play. And rather than cower in response, the young players need to step up and prove Irving wrong.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris were separated during a confrontation in Thursday’s 115-99 loss to the Miami Heat.
The Boston Celtics played the Heat close the first 17 minutes of the game, but then Miami started to pull away halfway through the second quarter. It was around that time when Morris got frustrated with Brown for a seeming lack of effort and let him hear it during a timeout. Take a look at this video a fan captured:
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris had to get separated during a timeout…
According to a breakdown from NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg, Morris had clapped at Brown for being late getting back on defense, allowing the Heat an easy layup. Morris then voiced his frustration with Brown during the timeout, and Marcus Smart stepped in between to separate them.
The score was 35-32 at the time. Miami pulled ahead 61-43 before halftime. Brown was benched the rest of the half and did not re-enter until just before the end of the third quarter.
Last year’s NBA All-Star Game was the most competitive we’ve seen in years, as Team LeBron edged Team Stephen, 148-145. Something about having the two stars pick their squads, playground-style, got the competitive juices flowing.
The entertaining showdown featured five first-time All-Stars (including four from the East): Joel Embiid, Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Goran Dragic, and Karl-Anthony Towns. So, which players could make their first All-Star Game appearance this year? Here are 10 to look out for.
10. Brandon Ingram, Lakers
The Lakers may not win the West, but adding the best player alive practically guarantees they’ll be a top-tier team. As L.A. jockeys with the Warriors, Jazz, Rockets, and company, someone is going to have to step up to complement LeBron James. Ingram is your best bet to fill that role. The lanky Duke product made a big leap from year one to two, significantly elevating his per-game averages in points (9.4 to 16.1), rebounds (4.0 to 5.3), assists (2.1 to 3.9), and blocks (0.5 to 0.7), as well as his three-point shooting percentage (29 percent to 39 percent). Though rumors are swirling that Kevin Durant may opt to join LeBron in Hollywood in 2019, Ingram has an opportunity this year to prove the Lakers already have a Durant-type star.
The NBA seems to be roughly in agreement, which is why a rule change looks to be coming in the next few years. Of course, there still has to be some protective mechanism in place to make sure high schoolers aren’t getting bad advice that could permanently wreck their NBA hopes.
Jaylen Brown is not one to run away from a challenge.
Brown and Kyrie Irving were in Las Vegas on Thursday to watch the Boston Celtics’ Summer League team play. Brown, who just completed his second season in the league, spoke with reporters at halftime of the game.
As part of his comments to the media, Brown said he wished LeBron James had remained in the Eastern Conference so that the Celtics could have gone through him to reach the NBA Finals.
Jaylen Brown on LeBron leaving East: l wanted him to stay so we could try to go through him.
James left the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career when he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month. He had reached eight straight NBA Finals, so beating his team would have really served as a milestone accomplishment for the young Celtics. Unfortunately for Brown, they will not be able to have that experience unless they face LeBron in the Finals.
The NBA is on fire right now, and it’s been undefeated since a for-the-ages 2017 offseason. In addition to a flurry of open-market transactions, a number of stars changed teams via trade, fundamentally shifting the league’s power dynamics.
Indiana shipped Paul George to Oklahoma City. The Clippers sent Chris Paul to Houston. Chicago traded disgruntled Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.
Which stars could be on the move this offseason? Here is our perspective on 10 who could change uniforms.
10. Markelle Fultz
The 2017 No. 1 overall pick had an up-and-down rookie season. After struggling with a shoulder injury and re-learning how to shoot (for a good breakdown of that strange situation, read this piece from PhillyVoice), he played in 14 games and showed glimpses of brilliance. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game. The 20-year-old flashed the uncanny speed, change of pace, and athleticism that wowed draft scouts. His stock is low at the moment, but his upside is huge. He could be a central figure in Philly’s efforts to acquire Kawhi Leonard.
The Boston Celtics are always a threat to make a big move before or during the NBA Draft, and they are reportedly interested in moving into the top five to add to a young core that may be the best in the league. The problem is, however, that they may not be able to make such a move without giving up one of their up-and-coming stars.
Sam Amick of USA Today said Thursday that he expects “fireworks” before the draft with Boston looking to move up, but he notes that any trade will be difficult to facilitate without Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown.
As NBA draft day begins, a general prediction: Fireworks to come. Boston (No. 27) is still trying to move up into top 5, but will have a hard time so long as they continue keeping Brown or Tatum off the table. Clippers (Nos. 12/13) are itchy. Milwaukee (17) wants more picks.
The Celtics may be willing to trade Brown in the right deal, but Tatum is about as close to untouchable as it gets. He proved in the absence of Kyrie Irving during the playoffs that he has the potential to be a franchise player and a legitimate star.
If the Celtics were to trade Brown, it would probably be for one specific player. It seems unlikely that team president Danny Ainge would give up proven young NBA talent just to draft a player like Mo Bamba or Luka Doncic.