With LeBron James signing with the Lakers, the Celtics obviously have an easier road to the NBA finals in the Eastern Conference.
While most have liked the move when it comes to the Celtics’ new place in the East, forward Jaylen Brown actually wishes James stayed in the East.
“To be honest, I wanted him to stay,” Brown said Thursday to reporters in Vegas. “I was kind of mad, I wanted to be the team to go through him. I feel like we could have had it last year, but we fell a little bit short. But I applaud someone doing what’s best for him. He did what’s best for him in that situation. I wanted him to stay in the East. I don’t like when people say, ‘Now that LeBron’s gone, y’all are the favorite.’ That irks me. A lot of us, we feel the same, because we feel that whether he was there or wasn’t there, we were coming out.”
Like many others, Brown has high expectations for these Celtics.
“It’s tough, it’s hard when you put expectations on things,” Brown said. “We just want to be the best team we can be as possible. Like, right now, that’s what we’re thinking. We want to just continue to get better. We don’t know what the final roster is until later in the summer, so right now we’re just trying to be the best version of ourselves and bring that to the table. We’ve got a lot of great talent on this team with a great coach, so we’re thinking we’re trying to raise a banner. But we’ve gotta take make sure that we take care of ourselves, eat healthy and start for the long haul. We’ve gotta start thinking now rather than start thinking later.”
As for restricted free agent Marcus Smart, who remains unsigned, Brown wants him back.
“Marcus, what he brings to the table is second-to-none,” he said. “The analytics, all of that, throw that away. What Marcus adds to a team and a franchise, everybody knows. I think Danny knows that. And I feel like something will come and the best situation will happen for both parties. But I would love to play this next year with Marcus Smart, and I feel like everybody feels the same way.”
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