Being an All-Star is nice. Playing like one? Even better for Jaylen Brown and the Celtics

Being an All-Star is nice. Playing like one? Even better for Jaylen Brown and the Celtics

BOSTON --  For most young NBA players, establishing themselves as one of the better players in the league is a top priority. 

Jaylen Brown holds those same aspirations. 

But as he pointed out following Boston’s 116-95 win over Philadelphia, he has his sights set on bigger, greater, grander accomplishments than being an All-Star. 

“It is what it is,” Brown said of being passed over as an All-Star this season. “No reason to cry over spilled milk. Getting ready to head into the playoffs, that’s what my mind is on right now.”

Brown added, “That’s the stage that you want to be on. I think some people have it backwards. But I’m just going to continue to get better.”

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Having been to the postseason in each of his previous three NBA seasons, Brown understands all too well the road to postseason success doesn’t begin when the regular season ends. 

No, it begins months before that by building good playoff habits in the regular season, preferably the second half when those same habits are much easier to replicate. 

Since Game No. 42, the official start of the second half of the season, Brown has appeared in five games. 

In those games, Brown has averaged 23.0 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field along with grabbing 5.0 rebounds and dishing out 3.0 assists per game. 

“He’s been really good,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “I said the other day, you know, we’ve talked all along, it’s more important to be playing like an all-star than to be named one. And nobody exemplifies that better.”

During the All-Star break, Brown said he will take some time to vacation and rest his body for what he anticipates will be a long postseason run. 

And while he would have certainly enjoyed being selected to his first All-Star team, Brown has his sights set on being at his best for the time of year that really matters - the playoffs. 

“Just trying to get better out there,” Brown said. “I’ve been working on my game since I came into the league. It’s just, continuing to put the time in, make sacrifices, whatever it takes, I’m going to continue to get better. That’s it, man.”

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Enes Kanter eats marshmallows off a treadmill in hilarious TikTok video

Enes Kanter eats marshmallows off a treadmill in hilarious TikTok video

If you've been couped up in your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, chances are you've struggled to come up with ways to keep yourself entertained.

Enes Kanter doesn't appear to be having that problem, however.

The Boston Celtics big man has been posting some hilarious videos on TikTok recently, but his latest may take the cake. Kanter spent some of his time in quarantine lining up some mini marshmallows on a treadmill and attempting to get all of them into his mouth.

Bonus points for using the Super Mario 64 soundtrack. Let's just hope the treadmill was wiped down beforehand.

Boston athletes have been all over TikTok since the sports world was put on hold. Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi and Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, in particular, have made some notable videos recently.

Kanter discussed what he's been up to during his quarantine in the latest episode of The Enes Kanter Show. Subscribe and listen here.

It's a matter of when, not if, Jaylen Brown will be an NBA All-Star

It's a matter of when, not if, Jaylen Brown will be an NBA All-Star

BOSTON -- We should have seen this coming from Jaylen Brown. 

It’s not like he didn’t clue us in to how he was built differently than most players coming into the NBA. 

His first NBA start came against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game in which Brown showed absolutely no nerves, anxiety or fear of James as he went on to score a then-career-high 19 points in what was his fifth game as a pro. 

From there, Brown continued to show flashes of being an above-average talent, displaying an innate ability to successfully transition to whatever role he’s cast to play. 

With the NBA season at a standstill now, it provides us an opportunity to take in what Brown has done thus far. 

More significantly, it allows us to take inventory on what Brown’s body of work thus far tells us is on the horizon. 

The 23-year-old Brown is on course to establish himself as an All-Star whose strength lies in his versatility to impact the game at both ends of the floor. 

This season, Brown is averaging 20.3 points per game, joining teammates Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker as part of the only trio of NBA teammates this season with each averaging at least 20 points per game. 

Of that threesome, Brown’s inclusion is the most surprising when you consider it wasn’t a given that he would start, let alone drop 20 points a night, at the start of the season. 

A legit case could be made that Brown should have been an All-Star this season, with some surmising a top-two record by the Celtics prior to the break would have been enough to get him in along with Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. 

But it’s fitting that Brown’s time to shine will have to wait. 

Because on many levels, that’s been the narrative surrounding his NBA career. 

And while it would have certainly deterred some and disappointed others, it only drove Brown to continue working on his game, proving his naysayers wrong - including those who booed Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck when he announced that Boston had selected Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

“Oh, I remember,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston recently. “I definitely remember.”

But instead of dwelling on what has happened, Brown is more locked into what the future holds for both him and the Celtics. 

“Just keep getting better, keep grinding, keep working on all parts of my game,” he said. “That’s what I’ve done, to get where I’m at. So why stop now?”