We’re in a new era of the NBA. Player mobility is the norm, as guys are willing to go all over the league in search of the best chance at winning.
A lot of fans don’t like it. They cry out for the days when players wanted to stay where they were and beat the best, rather than teaming up with them or avoiding them.
Well, Boston Celtics rising star Jaylen Brown might be a bit of a throwback to that era, at least based off his thoughts on LeBron James leaving the East.
When asked today about James’ decision to bolt for Los Angeles, Brown expressed disappointment. He wanted King James to stay in the East so the Celtics would have to prove themselves by going through him.
Jaylen Brown on LeBron leaving East: l wanted him to stay so we could try to go through him.
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) July 12, 2018
Boston has been unable to beat the Cavs when it counts the last two years. Cleveland has eliminated them in the Eastern Conference Finals two seasons in a row.
With James out of the East, Boston becomes the de facto favorite. The Celtics have the most talent in the conference and an impressive amount of depth as well.
We can’t help but admire Brown’s self-confidence and competitive nature though.
He’ll have to settle for beating LeBron in the NBA Finals at some point, though it will probably be two or three years until the Lakers are ready to dethrone Golden State.