The NBA season is coming down the final stretch of the season, and the Celtics are in a fight to still get the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. This week on the Celtics Beat Podcast, Larry H, Russell welcomes Celtics champion Leon Powe to the show to discuss all things Boston Celtics.
Jaylen Brown has played really well down these final stretches of the season, and has had an up and down rookie year, but when he was drafted many were either really upset with the pick or really excited about the pick.
Powe was able to see the strengths in Jaylen’s game and not dwell on the weaknesses. “He was physical, he was strong he loved going to the rack, jump shot needed work, but that’s with almost every youngster coming out.”
Powe talked about Brown’s struggles at Cal, “Sometimes when I watched him at Cal he tried to take on the burden by himself and do a little too much and that would get him in trouble.”
Then he talked about why Jaylen has played better in the league. Powe said, “Here he’s got a lot of players and he’s picked up his play over the last few months because we’ve had a lot of injuries and he’s got a lot of minutes as well.”
Powe said the floor spacing and just natural progression of being around good players, and getting better with more play has been a huge key to the success of Jaylen Brown this season.
Powe talked about consulting Danny Ainge about Brown, and said “I talked to Danny. He loved Jaylen Brown. He loved his athletic ability, he thinks his potential is very high, and he loved the way he worked.”
Powe said coaches have raved about Brown’s work ethic and are constantly saying he loves to work on his game.
To hear the entire interview with Leon Powe, tune into the Celtics Beat Podcast with Larry H. Russell. They discuss potential playoff matchups for the Celtics and much more.