Here’s why Jaylen Brown loves 1-on-1 sparring battles with Jayson Tatum


“Who talks the most? Usually the one who scores.”

Jaylen Brown working on her base jumper in practice. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Last season, Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum proved unequivocally that they could, in fact, take a team to the Finals.

“They said we couldn’t play together” Tatum shouted with a huge smile after the Celtics won their killer seven-game streak against the Heat, kissing Brown and kicking him on the back.

Critics have often questioned whether Brown and Tatum could play together, and legitimate questions about their compatibility reached high decibels last year as the Celtics struggled to reach a record sub-0.500 in the first half of the season. last season. But the duo toppled the team in the second half and led them through the Eastern Conference bracket before falling in six games to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

This season, with compatibility issues off, Tatum and Brown seem to be on good terms. The two players took part in a joint interview with NBC Sports Boston on media day and traded praise — Tatum for Brown’s ability to make things happen, and Brown for Tatum’s ability to keep a cool head under pressure.

Still, the two stars remain deeply competitive. On Wednesday, they took part in a standard 1-on-1 drill, captured by CLNS Media on YouTube. Here is an overview.

Afterwards, Brown spoke to reporters about the confrontation.

“Just get rid of the rust, get better at your hand-to-hand combat stuff,” Brown said. “Working to guard your ground defensively and stuff like that, the little details of the game in between. Nothing but a good workout, cardio.

“Iron sharpens iron, so just try to get better.”

Brown added that he enjoys playing 1-on-1 against his teammates as the Celtics push themselves to prepare for the season. After practice, the Celtics often participate in 1-on-1 games in which a coach passes the ball to a player in an iso situation and two players face off. On Wednesday, Brown, Tatum, Payton Pritchard and Brodric Thomas were spotted by reporters trying to butt heads with each other.

So who talks the most trash when playing 1v1?

“Usually the one who scores,” Brown said. “That’s how it goes, whoever just scored or wins seems to be the loudest in the gym. But depending on the day, it could be any one of us.

And Wednesday?

“It was enough even today,” Brown said. “JT won a few games, Payton won a few games, so I thought it was pretty balanced. But those two were probably the most talked about.


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