Jaylen Brown's Answer to Danny Ainge on if Celtics Should Draft Jayson Tatum Reveals Roots of Their Bond

Jun 12, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after a play during the first quarter in game three of the 2024 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after a play during the first quarter in game three of the 2024 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have forged a bond that started well before they teamed up on a Celtics franchise that they're one win from leading to Banner 18. It's part of what must make the contrived narrative that they don't like each other laughable to them.

They've discussed their families being close, including Brown's brother babysitting for Tatum's son, Deuce. And how their differences complement each other, providing what the other half of the most dominant duo in the NBA lacks, meshing into a partnership built on mutual respect.

It's led to Boston's star tandem leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals five times in their first seven years together, the championship round twice, and they're on the verge of capturing their first NBA title.

While some grew impatient, wondering if they were fit to play together, it speaks volumes that now, finally in their primes, they're poised to reach the NBA's summit. With Tatum 26, Brown a year older, and the organization spending to keep the most talented top six intact, the noise calling for a breakup is about to get drowned out, potentially by the ushering in of a new dynasty.

What makes it even sweeter and has surely helped their partnership endure is that they've grown together, not only experiencing life in the NBA alongside each other but developing a friendship that started before reaching basketball's highest level.

"I remember (the Celtics' president of basketball operations, Danny (Ainge), calling me," said Brown of when the franchise shared their desire to draft Tatum with him. "I think I was in Málaga, Spain, or Cordoba, one of the two, and Danny called me, and it was like 4:00 a.m; don't ask me why I was up. But Danny calls me, and he asked me, how do you feel about Jayson Tatum?

"I remember I played with him at camps. Top 100 camp; he was my roommate at the KD Elite Camp. We played on the same team in so many different -- (at) the Under Armour All-American game, we were roommates again.

"So, it was like, I had a lot of experience with him. I played with him on the same team, and there was a lot of respect. I said, 'I think it's a great choice.' Fast forward from there (and) we've been winning ever since."

Further Reading

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Jrue Holiday's 'Championship DNA' Rubbing Off on Celtics

Stifling Defense Moves Celtics Halfway to Banner 18

Jayson Tatum's Joy Outweighing Pressure of NBA Finals Return

Inside the Moment that Propelled Celtics to NBA Finals Game 1 Win

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Bobby Krivitsky

BOBBY KRIVITSKY

Bobby Krivitsky's experiences include covering the NBA as a credentialed reporter for Basketball Insiders. He's also a national sports talk host for SportsMap Radio, a network airing on 96 radio stations throughout the country. Additionally, he was a major-market host, update anchor, and producer for IMG Audio, and he worked for Bleacher Report as an NFL and NBA columnist.