Jaylen Brown wishes LeBron James had stayed in East

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LAS VEGAS -- Jaylen Brown has never hidden from challenges. The athletic wing talked about his desire to face off with LeBron James as a 19-year-old rookie and came within minutes of knocking him off in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

The departure of James to the Los Angeles Lakers opens the door a bit wider for the Celtics to make their way to the NBA Finals next season, now that LeBron’s eight straight NBA Finals appearances from the East will come to an end. Still, if Brown has his way, the Celtics would have to fight through James next season to take that next step.