On Saturday, March 11, the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the first contest of their six-game road trip, with Jaylen Brown impressing in front of his hometown crowd.

When speaking to Brian Scalabrine of NBC Sports Boston’s following the game, Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins spoke glowingly about the player Brown has developed into, sharing how he’s been following the All-Star’s career since he was a young kid.

“I’ve always been a fan of his. I’ve always appreciated how hard he plays”

Dominique Wilkins on growth he’s seen from Jaylen Brown pic.twitter.com/pJjWLfIk23

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 12, 2023

“I watched him when he was a young man here in Atlanta,” Wilkins told Brian Scalabrine, “To see his growth and what he’s come to be — he was like a man amongst boys back then because of his physicality and he was so much bigger and stronger than those guys…He’s developed each and every year because he wants to be one of the best to play this game. I’ve always been a fan of his. I’ve always appreciated how hard he plays. He plays with no fear and doesn’t mind banging down there with bigger guys. A lot of things that he’s doing, it reminds me of myself.”

Brown, 26, ended the contest against Atlanta with 24 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals while shooting 55.6% from the field as he reaffirmed his All-Star credentials.

Jaylen Brown Enjoys Playing in Atlanta

When speaking to the media following Boston’s November 16 victory over the Hawks, Brown spoke on his enjoyment at playing in front of a hometown crowd and what it means to him to see friends and family before and after the game.

“It’s blessing to be able to represent the part of Georgia that I came from” 💯

Jaylen Brown on playing in his hometown of Atlanta pic.twitter.com/rFnNUJjjd6

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 17, 2022

“It’s always fun coming back home, seeing some familiar faces,” Brown said. “Seeing people that you seen growing up, seeing family, seeing friends — courtside — giving you support, showing you love. Leaving after the game, people chanting my name. Like, I grew up and went to high school — I went to Marietta — probably 15, 20 minutes away from here. …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


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