WALTHAM, Mass. – Jaylen Brown grew up in Georgia and his lone season of college basketball was spent on the campus of Cal in Berkeley, Calif.
While it has been a dream come true to play in the NBA for the most storied franchise in the league, adjusting to the seemingly never-ending days of harsh weather conditions – like the impending snow storm that has led to schools already being closed before the first snowflake touches down – has been a nightmarish reality for the 20-year-old whose life has been spent in mostly warm climates until now.
“It’s ridiculous,” Brown said of the anticipated snowfall in the Boston Metro area. “I’m not too happy about it. You kind of just have to deal with it … and get a bigger coat.”
Beginning sometime around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, New England is bracing itself for what’s expected to be a steady downpour of snow with a couple of inches falling every hour until most places are digging themselves out from under at least a foot of snow.
Heavy snowfall in March gives new meaning to “March Madness” for sure.
The impending snowfall has already had an impact on the Celtics’ preparation for Wednesday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“We were going to be off today and then practice tomorrow, but with the uncertainty of the weather, or maybe the certainty of the weather, we decided to move it to today,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Not an ideal scenario, but that’s OK. We’ll try and take advantage of getting some rest tomorrow.”
Isaiah Thomas readily admits he loves everything about Boston … except the weather.
“Makes me mad when I wake up to it; it’s bad. It hurts my body,” said Thomas, grinning, who added that he plans to be indoors all day tomorrow. “I went grocery shopping already, so I’m good.”
On off days when in town, Thomas and other Celtics often travel to the practice facility in Waltham and get some shots up at night.
Thomas said he’ll still work on his game tomorrow, but he’ll do it without having to go outdoors.
“I got a gym in my apartment, so I can shoot if I want to,” said Thomas who is from Tacoma, Wash. “I’m telling you, I’m staying home.”
The same is not true for Jae Crowder, who grew up in Villa Rica, Ga. but says he and some of his teammates will try and get into the practice facility at some point tomorrow to get up some shots despite the bad weather coming to town.
“We’re going to try and get in here even though we have an off day,” Crowder said. “We know it’s (bad weather) coming.”
For Crowder who played at Marquette University in Milwaukee, he knows all too well how to navigate his way through heavy snowfalls.
But as you look around the Celtics roster, the same can’t be said for several of his teammates – Brown being among them.
Crowder’s advice to the young fella?
“Stay in the house; don’t go nowhere and make sure you have groceries in your house,” Crowder said. “He (Brown) lives by himself and he’s only a kid still; make sure he’s got food and don’t try and drive in it.”
That’s sound advice not only for Brown, but for all of us who will be affected in some way, shape or form by this winter storm.