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Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown is entering just his second NBA season, but already he is showing passion and strong opinions about the team for which he plays.
Brown recently conducted an interview with Complex and was asked about how the Celtics changed after the trade of Isaiah Thomas (and others) to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics received Kyrie Irving in return.
“It changes the whole dynamic, the whole culture. We’ll see if it’s for good or bad, time will tell,” Brown said.
“But it’s still a little weird to me, to be honest, because when I came in everything they stressed was culture, environment, Celtic basketball. Now, it’s like what is the environment, the culture, what is Celtic basketball? I think it’s a great opportunity for me, great opportunity for the Celtics, great opportunity for Kyrie.”
Brown is 6-foot-7 and averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in his first NBA season. He was selected with the No. 3 overall pick out of California.
“Obviously, I loved Isaiah. He was like a big brother to me,” he said. “I watched him, admired him, the chip he carried on his shoulder I love him. I still do. I’ve kept in contact with him. Congratulated him when he got traded to the Cavs. It’s tough because it’s the business we live in. Do I agree with it? Not necessarily.
“I think Isaiah definitely tried to plant his flag in Boston. He will definitely be missed—he and Jae [Crowder] both. And Avery [Bradley], too. Those three guys are truly going to be missed. I love them and I thanked all of them for helping me out and said I’d see them down the line. “