In a surprising revelation, Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown admitted that he "couldn't stand" former teammate Marcus Smart when they first became teammates. Speaking to reporters before the Celtics-Grizzlies game on Sunday, Brown shared that their relationship didn't start off on the right foot.
Brown explained that he didn't initially gravitate towards Smart for "a plethora of reasons," but over the years, their bond has evolved for the better. Brown mentioned that as you grow, you learn about people and start to understand why they are the way they are. He also emphasized the importance of getting to know people and their perspectives.
The Celtics guard even went on to say that he called Smart the night before the game while the Grizzlies were in San Antonio. Brown expressed that he and Smart have similar spirits and that he would go to war with him if he had to.
Unfortunately, Sunday's game should have been the first meeting between Brown and Smart as competitors, but Smart is currently out with a foot injury that will keep him sidelined for three to five weeks.
Despite their rocky start, it seems that Brown and Smart have now developed a genuine connection and understanding.