It’s been acknowledged countless times: The 2018-19 Boston Celtics were a dysfunctional bunch.
While players since have said guys didn’t have personal problems with each other, it was clear they never could jell together on the court, though the specific reason for that remains up for debate.
Either way, the Celtics underwent a roster overhaul this offseason, with Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter proving to be the big additions to a new-look squad that lost Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Aron Baynes.
And for Jaylen Brown, who quietly has become one of the longest-tenured players on the team, he’s going to approach the upcoming season with a simple mindset.
Brown, currently in training camp with the U.S. men’s national basketball team, explained his mantra for 2019-20 to The Athletic’s Michael Lee.
“My whole mantra for this year is, âJust hoop.â Iâm going to come out and play basketball,” Brown said. “Iâm just going to come out and try to play, be myself and hopefully Iâm allowed to do that. I donât want to put no expectations on it. I donât want no politics. I just want to play basketball. Iâve been working. Iâve been in the gym all summer. I believe in myself and I know the Celtics, they believe in me, as well.â
We’re sure the Celtics organization and the fanbase can get on board with that mindset.
Although Brown took part in the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, it was Jayson Tatum and Walker that stole the show. The duo were the top two point-scorers in a convincing victory for their team.