After a Team USA victory against Brazil, Coach Popovich was thrilled over the play of Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown.
Kind of hard to believe, but Jaylen Brown is entering his fourth season in the NBA. The Boston Celtics selected Brown in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. Over the course of his career, the Celtics have had many different looking teams. This season is no different for Jaylen or the Boston Celtics, as Jaylen Brown is part of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup.
Ever since Jayson Tatum went out with injury for Team USA, his Boston Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown has stepped up in a big way. At the end of Monday’s game against Brazil, Brown finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists. Jaylen showed to be in full control of the game with the ball in his hands. In the games prior to Monday’s, Brown logged in 8 points and 9 rebounds against Greece, and 20 points against Japan.
By the conclusion of Monday’s game, Coach Popovich was ecstatic about Jaylen Brown and his effort in the game. Due to the some-what undersized roster, Brown has been playing the four spot for Team USA. Pop was impressed by Brown tallying 4 assists by the end of the game and even calling him “unselfish.”
“He’s a strong player. For his size and strength, he moves well and will penetrate. He can catch and pull it, get to the rim. And he’s unselfish and finding other people. He’s just kind of an all-around player. He has stepped in and given us good minutes at both ends of the floor for sure.” – Per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
Brown is one of the most athletic professional athletes I think I have ever seen. I think the opportunity to play in the FIBA World Cup this summer will help sharpen his skills even more. If Coach Pop, one of the greatest coaches of all time, notices something about Jaylen’s game; I think it’s worth noting. Maybe the Boston Celtics will use Brown in the four spot in certain lineups this season.
After Monday’s game, Kemba Walker was also asked about his teammate and his recent contributions to Team USA.
“He’s been playing well. Really aggressive, and we need him, especially at the four position. I think it’s kind of new for him. He just brings so many advantages to the position. He’s been playing well, and we need him to keep it up.”
The FIBA World Cup is giving the core of the Boston Celtics a taste of how to play with their new teammate, Kemba Walker. Jaylen has a lot on his shoulders this season, as he’s now eligible for a contract extension. There has not been any “talk” or “chatter” about an extension, at this moment.
I honestly think that Jaylen is a true “hooper” and it doesn’t bother him where he gets the opportunity to play. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him in the green and white for the rest of his career; but you never know what the future holds.
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