Brad Stevens wasn’t surprised to see Jaylen Brown take on a leadership role over the weekend.
“That’s who he is,” the Boston Celtics head coach said in a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday, per MassLive.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to his native Georgia to lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta on Saturday. Understanding the magnitude of his platform, Brown continues to have his voice heard off the court and in turn continues to impress Stevens.
“Jaylen’s greatest impact, as good as he is at basketball, won’t be in basketball,” Stevens said. “He’s a special guy, he’s a special leader, he’s smart but he has courage. He’s got a lot of great stuff to him, and I think we recognized that when we drafted him, but I think that he has been even more unbelievable every day, every year. I’ve always personally really enjoyed listening to him and talking to him about things outside of basketball.”
The future undoubtedly is bright for Brown, both on and out the hardwood.