Currently, the Celtics are set to face off with the sixth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round if the NBA postseason started right away without more regular-season games. That’s a scenario Jaylen Brown is currently expecting to unfold as the NBA begins to take baby steps towards a return with teams opening up their practice facilities across the country this month.
The Celtics swingman spoke with CNN late Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview about his expectations for the league upon a return to play in a high-level playoff atmosphere out of the gate.
“I think that is kind of, like, understood already, in a sense,” Brown said. “I don’t want to jump the gun. But I think the playoffs is what makes the league most of its money, and I think if we all agree to come back and play in the playoffs, I think it can regenerate [the income] so that we’ll be able to have a pretty solid salary cap going into next year. So the playoffs are what’s important.”
Brown was elected as a Vice President to the NBPA last year and was on the call earlier this week with top stars around the league such as LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo as those top players agreed to present a united front about returning to action when its deemed safe.
“The most influential players that were on that call that we speak of,” Brown said. “A lot of those guys want to continue the season and that’s very important to us, but we’ve also got to get with some of the guys that also make up this league and see how they feel. Everything is moving in the right [direction]. We just don’t want to come back too early and make people feel like things are OK if things are not [and are] potentially dangerous.”
The collective mindset of players and their attitudes about playing will be fascinating to watch in the