By: Cristofer Zillo
If anyone has been around me during a Celtics game or has read any of my tweets, they know that I admire Jaylen Brown. Although he’s had limited minutes this year, which is understandable, he’s been great. The kid is special. We all know that. He’s insanely smart; he apparently went to Cal Berkeley to challenge himself intellectually. According to NESN, many professors at Cal were amazed at the kid’s intrigue and level of inquiry. It’s not too often that you see a lottery pick excited about being drafted to a city home to various prestigious universities.
This is old news, however. The Celtics have been knocked out of the Playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals and we all have a bad taste in their mouths. However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, my friends. I strongly believe that Jaylen Brown can be a superstar in this league. He’s smart. He’s fearless. He’s talented. During the series with Cleveland, Jaylen was very adamant about expressing to the media that LeBron is “just a regular guy”. This boldness is something that a player needs if he wants to be great. He can’t be intimidated by anyone. He wasn’t, and he demonstrated that by locking up John Wall in the 2nd round and laying it up and over LeBron in Game 5.
He’s also ready and willing to put the work in; all he wants is to get better and to get a ring. Let me reiterate that he’s a rookie. In truth, it really does make a difference playing for a team that made it to the ECF. However, I don’t think that should discredit his hunger. He’s already thinking about the Summer League, saying that he wants to play again this year. He’s also been expressive about his opinion regarding the Celtic’s possession of the #1 pick and who they could take, saying, “I hope they’re ready to come in and work because we have unfinished business.”
I leave you all with this final image. Imagine a player, 6’7”, with the competitive edge of a player like Kobe, and the basketball IQ of LeBron. No folks, this is not just a crazy dream of mine. This is a possibility. Look out NBA, here comes Jaylen.