The Undefeated is the annex page of ESPN whose articles and content deal with the social facet behind the athlete and the sports industry itself. Especially from the African American culture. Jaylen Brown has been the last athlete to come to the call by Marc J. Spears, but before starting to talk about the role of the player within his community and how he translates it to his day to day as a member of the Boston Celtics, he wanted to reassure fans regarding the health of his knee. “My body feels much better. I am more in shape than last year ”. Once the formalities were settled, it was time to unravel his opinion on the profound changes that the franchise has undergone in recent months.
It is no secret that the arrival of Ime Udoka is mainly due to the good relationship that the coach forged with Tatum, Brown and Smart during his experience in the US national team, but the forward wanted to make it clear that the change depends on everyone. “It is not just me and JT’s, it must be an effort of organization, players and coaching staff.” Brown believes that the process the Celtics are in is not a simple substitution on the bench. “We are changing the culture [del equipo] on and off the court. And he is going to need everyone’s help ”.
Not only did the player stick with the Boston revolution, but he was tremendously pleased with the proliferation of African-American head coaches who have come to the vacant benches this summer. “I don’t care if they criticize it because they try to shut us up or because they think it’s the right thing to do. Have this representation [en los banquillos] it is important ”declares Brown to go further. “People may disagree and say ‘they are not qualified. They only get the job for being African American. ‘ You have people saying this in the media. That’s not fair. There are plenty of African Americans and Black people qualified to do their jobs. They deserve to be taken into account ”.
Although Brown seems quite concerned about what the media are saying, he assured that all he wants this season is “to play basketball, forget about all the noise and focus on my game and that of my team.”
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