— Scott Sullivan (@SullyBunz) June 29, 2016
A lot of Boston fans weren't too happy about the Celtics' picks during last week's NBA draft, but #3 pick Jaylen Brown has been converting a lot of them into believers over the past few days. It started last Friday when the Celtics welcomed him to practice and he told the media, "I'm here in Boston. Now I'm ready to rip somebody's head off."
He also told the media his excitement level was a 12 on a scale of 1-10, he's ready for war and doesn't care what number he was drafted because he doesn't want to be a top 5 rookie but a "top 5 player in the league one day."
Sounds great but talk is cheap. Boston fans want to see that type of Larry Bird killer instinct on a basketball court.
On Wednesday at the Madison Park Community center, a trash-talking big-boned kid started repeating some of the draft night Twitter chatter to Brown's face and paid the price for it.
"You have to have that instinct," Brown smiled after the clinic, which was put on to celebrate the Celtics' renovations of the Roxbury gym. "He challenged me and I just blacked out. He said, 'You ain't good.' He said Ben Simmons (the No. 1 overall draft pick) is better. So I said alright, OK."
He didn't rip the kid's head off but he took his soul and that's what Boston fans want to see - screw that "no women and kids" Professional Hitman rule. Larry Bird was one of the most merciless and ruthless players to ever walk on a basketball court and I am in no way calling Brown the "Next Bird" or next anything, I'm just saying I and the people of Boston love the ruthless mentality Brown has been showing and are looking forward to seeing more souls being taken as he works hard to become one of the best in the league.
"This is where the rubber hits the road," Brown said. "Now it's time to prove everybody that I'm worth being the No. 3 pick, and it's time for everybody to prove themselves trying to get to that 18th banner. So I'm going to do everything possible while I'm here to contribute to that. I know it takes a long process but I'm willing to put in the work. I'm willing to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed. I'm ready to go."
BEN SIMMONS VS JAYLEN BROWN (2014)
Here's a 2014 throwback video of the #1 and #3 pick going at each other at the City of Palms championship game. Brown got the W with 25 points, 12 boards and 6 assists. Simmons had 28 points and 12 rebounds in his 1st loss of the season.