Jaylen Brown determined to make a name for himself

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One can only imagine how exhausting the last couple of months has been for Jaylen Brown. From losing the NBA Finals to his name being floated around in numerous trade rumors, and now losing his head coach less than a week before the training camp was set to open. In an interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg, Brown described his time with the Celtics as “unique” adding that he remembers even getting some boos when the Celtics his name in the 2016 draft.

At times, it does feel like Brown has been disrespected by Celtics fans, and it appears Brown feels the same way. In late June, Brown liked a tweet saying “Jaylen Brown is so disrespected by Celtics fans”.

Can you blame him? Brown was coming off a postseason season in which he averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and yet he was the first name to come up in every trade rumor regarding the Celtics.

The good thing about Brown and his personality is he doesn’t let the negative bother him. In fact, he uses it as motivation. When talking with Forsberg, Brown revealed that he wears the shoes he wore in the Celtics’ Game 6 loss of the NBA Finals to every workout he had this summer. “This summer, the shoes that I wore in the last game of the season, I wore to every workout that I had this summer ... If you see the shoes now they’re damn near in shreds."

Though the constant trade rumors do appear to be wearing on the 25-year-old. On Monday, when asked about the trade rumors this offseason, Brown said, “It’s been the same since I’ve been here, so it wasn’t surprising or it wasn’t not surprising, it didn’t make me feel some type of way or whatever. It is what it is."

Brown’s unique way of turning adversity into motivation was on display again Wednesday afternoon at practice. He was the last player to leave the court, over an hour after practice had concluded.

Brown, a one-time All-Star, appears prime to have a big year, in large part due to the chip he plays with on his shoulder. Coming off a season in which Brown appeared in 66 regular season games, the most he has appeared in since the 2018-2019 season, and all 24 playoff games, Brown says he is in the shape of his life.

“I’m ready to play basketball. I’m in great shape, probably the best shape of my life. I’m excited to start the journey”.

Brown, the second longest-tenured Celtic will naturally assume a bigger role this season, as the team looks to find its stride with new head coach Joe Mazzulla. Brown said Wednesday, “I plan on being a little bit more vocal, a little bit more aggressive… As the responsibility grows, leadership comes with it”.

Brown will be in position to succeed in the Celtics system this season, and if his health holds up, there are not many things that will stop him from making his second career All Star game.

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