Jaylen Brown’s Exit Interview: The Perils of Success

I’ve talked more about Jaylen Brown in therapy than any other basketball player. Not more than any other human being. That would be asin. But a basketball player? surely. It still comes out too much. Probably too much for any basketball player. But these are my therapy sessions, and thus my analogies that I can play with. They work for me. I didn’t ask if they worked for Dr. Bailey, but she also didn’t.

There has never been a professional athlete I have felt more like than Brown. I relate to his experience with anxiety, the voices in his head that he had previously struggled to silence. Back in February of 2020, Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rocks said, “It was tough,” referring to the 2018-19 season, with the Browns briefly losing their starting spot and the Celtics losing more games than pre-season forecasters had predicted. . “I get a lot of anxiety. When you have a lot of expectations, especially in a city like Boston, it’s like they want to win. If you don’t perform, you start to lose faith in yourself. You start to doubt yourself.”

Although the concerns he mentioned in the past are mainly on the basketball court – that is, according to what he detailed – I can understand them. disturbing thoughts of inefficiency in your field, for example; I never stop wanting to be a better writer, editor, reader and listener. The idea that others around you, fixated or otherwise, may look down on you, regardless of whether it comes from a purely malicious place or is done in an attempt to capture themselves. This may happen more often in professional sports than in any other field in the world, without politics. They call it petty talk for a reason, which is the same reason someone can be said to be “talking about a big game.”

Maybe that’s why I can understand the motive for Brown to do Like a tweet In a sign of how he was disrespected by Celtics fans amid rumors swirling of Brown being included in a hypothetical deal to acquire Kevin Durant now that he has asked the Brooklyn Nets for a deal. Or his drive to respond to Draymond Green’s comments about taking Brown’s “heart” in the NBA Finals. On a paired podcast recording for Green’s “The Draymond Green Show” and JJ Redick’s “The Old Man and the Three,” Green said, “When Jaylen Brown went to the media and said, ‘He tried and pulled my pants down,’ I knew I took his heart.” . Brown responded accordingly, saying that Greene “lost his dam [sic] mind” and “can never” take his heart.

You can hardly blame Brown for jumping to defend himself, or talk big game about his own abilities in response to an opposing player praising their abilities. He’s been the focus of Boston’s token commerce since his return in 2016, despite the team’s glowing assessment of him as a star, the city’s love and loyalty to him, and his mutual feelings.

This, of course, serves as a compliment and an ordeal for Brown. He has been tasked with leading a franchise that critics constantly say should be taken away from him. “Is the Celtics [make Brown available in a trade for Durant]? yes. It’s Durantula! Kuwaiti Dinar! Slim Reaper! ” Brian Scalabrin said recently on NBC Sports in Boston.

Atletico’s Jay King and Jared Weiss went on the topic back and forth yesterday, the former writing, “For a franchise that talks about championship banners more than anyone else, it seems that even a few years with Durant alongside Jason Tatum would be worth sacrificing what should be a prosperous future with Brown,” and the latter wondering how Jason Tatum would feel about joining Durant to the mix. Giving up the spotlight in the international competition is one thing and another for a young guy to do so early in his NBA career, after taking a team to the Finals, King wrote. “[Tatum] He cares about the right things. But it would be a huge adjustment for him to fit into a Durant-caliber player. This is Tatum’s franchise now. It wouldn’t be the case if the Celtics [acquired] Durant. “

Then again, what Brown has dealt with and what he’s currently facing, even if it’s accidental, is part of being a professional, especially in the NBA. Think C.J. McCollum, who was forever thrown into trade talks in Portland until it was finally shipped to New Orleans (which turned out to be very convenient). Fittingly, it was Damien Lillard’s second banana, as some would say Brown to Tatum.

But there are differences between those franchises and their long-term plans — after a while, McCollum didn’t seem to make sense as a lady partner, while Brown and Tatum had massive success leading the Celtics to four Finals Conference appearances and one NBA Finals anchor in their tenure.

It’s also fitting that this assignment is Jaylen Brown’s exit interview, with all this talk of him leaving the Celtics franchise at the behest of the coach-turned-GM who drafted him. After just one year of being a Frontier All-Star, a Frontier Champion, he averaged career highs in nearly every category.

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As the NBA calendar goes by at the speed of light, it’s all too easy for us to forget what happened just weeks ago, let alone months. While Brown’s 2021-22 season has been full of highs—46 points in the Knicks’ opening night loss, each point caused everyone who spent the summer calling for the Jays division to bounce a bit; Bomb of 50 in early January – also ended with a moan. He averaged 23.1 points per game in the postseason on 47 percent of shooting. But he also had 3.1 turnovers per competition, recording over four 10-times giveaways and Seven rotation twice.

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This is nightmare fuel for fans and players alike when you play against version 2.0 of one of the major crimes in NBA history. And it’s not as though Brown have become a ball short of post-season; This has been an ongoing problem for a long time. Do you trade a player due to maneuvering problems alone? of course not. Would you trade him for Kevin Durant? At the very least, you think about it.

None of the reports released after Durant’s commercial request suggested that the Celtics would hold, could, or would strike a deal for the star. The Nets likely plan to keep Durant’s list of favorites, the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat, in mind as they search for a potential partner. But if Brad Stevens is planning to call Shawn Marks (and if you’re a betting guy, he does), the first name Marks will mention is Jaylen Brown’s. Be prepared to hear this report; Be prepared for the possibility that it will pay off, albeit small.

Whether or not Stevens rejects this idea could shape the immediate future of the Celtics in a way that may be influential in a way that Brown left fingerprints in all of her past. From seasons of struggle to a trip to the Finals, Brown has been as integral to Celtic as Tatum. Nothing can change that.

lift 18The tenth Banner can’t be changed once either, at least symbolically. Whether Brown ever dressed for the Celtics to ask is now one of the biggest questions facing the franchise. Just as it was in 2017, 18, etc.

Apparently, nothing has changed. Through thick and thin.

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