‘That Really Pisses Me Off’: Boston Celtics Coach Addresses Alleged Tension Between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens addresses alleged tension between stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, emphasizing team struggle and preparation before the final against Mavericks.

Published on Jun 01, 2024  |  04:31 PM IST |  37.6K
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For nearly half a decade, dynamic NBA duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been turning heads with their impressive performances. They've reached the Eastern Conference Finals four times in the past five years and have competed in the NBA Finals twice.

Despite their successes, they have yet to clinch a championship title as a duo, a fact they hope to remedy this year. However, whispers of a dispute between the two persistently linger.

The Boston Celtics’ coach, Joe Mazzulla, did not hesitate to confront and criticize these rumors in a recent press conference. He berated journalists and reporters for perpetuating unnecessary conflict narratives between Tatum and Brown.

Mazzulla addressed the issue with sharp words, saying, “It’s a really good question… The whole thing about that really pisses me off and I think it’s unfair to both of them. I think it’s stupid that people have to use those two guys’ names... so they can remain relevant. It’s very unfair those two get compared.''

He went on to say, "They’re two completely different people, completely different players, completely different teammates, they love each other, and they go about winning and they go about their process differently." 

"Why does everything have to revolve around their partnership? It's an unjust conclusion drawn by individuals aiming to remain pertinent. Eventually, the bond Tatum and Brown share is theirs alone. They respect and challenge each other daily during practice and communicate effectively even though their approach to success differs," he said


He further added, "Throwing around speculative comments is unacceptable. People should understand them better as individuals before spinning such tales. As one of the greatest teammate pairs and players, it’s a privilege to coach them. ''They don't have to be identical. The speculations are both misleading and offensive. I hold deep respect for both of them; they merit better.”

Mazzulla's unwavering support towards his players in the face of media scrutiny is admirable. Past instances where coaches have failed to back up their players publicly contrast sharply with Mazzulla's approach.

His clear commitment to his team forwards a positive signal for the Celtics as they prepare for the upcoming NBA Finals.

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Stephen A. Smith's Exciting NBA Finals Preview: Mavericks vs. Celtics

Reigning as champions in their respective conferences, the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics are now gearing up for an epic battle in The NBA Finals. As fans and followers of the NBA eagerly anticipate this colossal clash, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith recently shared some audacious insights about this forthcoming game.


In a recent episode of ESPN’s First Take, an ecstatic Stephen A. Smith couldn't resist sharing his excitement as he predicted the upcoming finals. He expressed, “Hardly any NBA Finals during the last decade have thrilled me as much as this one does… I am intrigued by Kyrie and Luka's performance as they outplayed Minnesota.

"I am also contemplating the extraordinary performance of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum who recently averaged 30 (points) in a conference finals and maintained the best record in basketball throughout the season,” said Smith.

Smith further provided an in-depth analysis of the Boston Celtics, particularly their All-Star duo, Tatum and Brown, highlighting their potential for greater achievements.

“All eyes are on Jayson Tatum, a First Team All-NBA, who needs to prove his mettle yet again considering his 5th conference finals and 2nd NBA Finals appearance. Then we have Jaylen Brown, a player worth $300 million… Despite my vote for him, he didn't get selected for an All-NBA Team," Smith explained.


While underscoring the unique nature of this series, Smith acknowledged both teams' strengths. 

Despite Boston Celtics earning higher esteem after defeating formidable opponents like the Los Angeles Clippers, number 1 seed Oklahoma City Thunder, and unpredictable Minnesota Timberwolves, the Dallas Mavericks, under Jason Kidd’s guidance, also have the potential to create an upset.

The excitement further escalates with Kyrie Irving and Kristaps Porzingis pitted against their respective former teams, adding another layer of intrigue to the impending matches.

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