WITH or without LeBron James in the same Eastern Conference, Jaylen Brown believes Boston will reach the NBA Finals this season.
The incoming third-year Celtics wingman spoke with utmost confidence as he guested in CJ McCollum’s Pull Up podcast on Thursday, Manila time.
"Oh, we're getting to the Finals. No question about it,” Brown said months after his Celtics came one win short of reaching the title series after surrendering to James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the Eastern Conference finals.
Despite James’ move out West with the Los Angeles Lakers, Brown feels the Celtics would still get over the hump this year even if LeBron stayed.
"I hate how everybody is like, 'Oh, LeBron's gone in the East.’ I know he did have a strong hold on the East for the last seven years but he barely got us out of there this year. And our mindset was like, 'Man, he's not beating us again,'" Brown said.
The Celtics are indeed fancied to rule the East this year with the return of injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, and the continued emergence of Brown, who averaged 18 points, 4.8 boards, 1.4 assists, and 0.8 steals in 32.4 minutes in the playoffs last season.