Remember when LeBron James torched the Boston Celtics in Game 1? It was only Wednesday, so there’s a good chance you do!
Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown probably does remember. Even though Brown had a solid game himself, he didn’t put up 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, like James. He also plays small forward, like James, and had to defend the best player in the world for some stretches during the 117-104 home loss.
But don’t worry; Brown isn’t scared of guarding LeBron. And surely if he’d said that and stopped there when asked, that would have been good enough. Instead …
“LeBron’s a good player, but I look at him as just another guy to me. So I gotta come out and compete just like he’s got to come out and compete. I gotta tie my shoes just like he ties his shoes. There’s bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James, so I have no fear – I have no fear whatsoever of LeBron.”
On one hand, Brown is right! LeBron James does in fact have to go out there and compete after tying his shoes. He’s not someone to be literally scared for your life against because he’s not going to take your life. He’s just going to beat you at basketball.
And calling him “just another guy” – we’re talking about the consensus best player in the world and the defending champion who hasn’t lost an Eastern Conference playoff series since 2010.
Run that back, another way:
LeBron James has not lost an Eastern Conference playoff series since Jaylen Brown was 13 years old.
So yeah, this was a bit of a silly over-trivialization on Brown’s part. Twitter let him know it.