Gregg Popovich, Joe Harris praising Jaylen Brown’s efforts

Gregg Popovich, Joe Harris praising Jaylen Brown’s efforts

The one thing that’s been most consistent about the numbers Jaylen Brown has produced throughout the 2019 FIBA World Cup: they’ve been inconsistent.

He did a bit of everything against Greece. He barely played against Turkey and Brown’s line against the Czech Republic might lead one to think he was invisible on the floor. He also dominated Japan.

Fairly standard for Brown.

Even with all the ups and downs, Gregg Popovich had a list of compliments at the ready when discussing the Celtics wing’s performance against Brazil (11 points on 5 of 9 shooting, four rebounds, four assists and three steals).

“He’s a strong player. For his size and strength, he moves well,” Popovich told reporters in China. “He can really penetrate. He can catch and pull or get to the rim. He unselfish and will find other people. He works on defense. He’s just kind of an all-around player. … he’s stepped in a given us good minutes on both ends of the floor for sure.”

Short of saying “he’s the best player on our team” — which isn’t the case — that’s about as high of praise as anyone can hope for, especially from a legend like Popovich.

If his analysis isn’t enough, Brooklyn Nets wing Joe Harris also specifically mentioned how Brown makes an impact on even when he doesn’t put up points.

“He’s playing the four, so his athleticism, his length, his ability to attack,” Harris said. “He didn’t even shoot, but (Brown) just puts so much pressure on opposing team’s fours, and then he can pretty much defend every position, too. He’s really versatile for us on both ends of the ball, especially offensively, just being able to attack against team’s fours.”

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