As of this writing, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have played 366 games together. They’ve been to the Eastern Conference Finals three times in tandem as well. And although recent comments made by Brown regarding his future with the Boston Celtics had some fans and analysts speculating that Brown wanted to venture off on his own, Brown’s recent commentary seems to suggest exactly the opposite.
In a recent sit-down with Stadium’s Shams Charania, the two-time All-Star spoke about his rapport with Jayson Tatum and what it means to him as both a player and an individual.
“We compete, we push each other, we learn from each other,” Brown said, “and I think a lot of our relationship has been built off of that dynamic of respect. And that’s the beautiful part of it.”
Brown added, “I’ve seen him grow as a man. He’s seen me grow as a man. I get why, I guess in a sense, people always try to break up duos or people like that, because so far, we’ve been incredibly successful, and hopefully, we can be even more; (the) only thing that would put the ribbon on top is getting a championship.”
As far as Brown wanting to leave the Celtics to show that he can “be the guy” without Tatum by his side, as Paul Pierce suggested recently, Brown believes that being the best player he can be and playing alongside Jayson Tatum are not mutually exclusive.
“Jayson being the ultimate version of him doesn’t stop me from being the ultimate version of myself,” Brown continued. “At this point, we’re a part of each other’s destiny.”
This season, Jaylen Brown is scoring 26.7 points per game and grabbing 6.8 rebounds, both of which are career highs. He’s also averaging 1.1 steals per game and 3.4 assists, both of which are near his career highs as well.
Jayson Tatum is providing career high output as well, with 30.3 points per game, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
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