As the Boston Celtics star prepares to play in London, “hes talking to” Donald McRae about race, the NBA and the death of his best friend
Jaylen Brown is one the most intelligent and interesting young athletes I’ve met in years and it seems accessory that, midway through our interview in Boston, he should retell a parable that brought together Martin Luther King and the great American novelist David Foster Wallace.
” We’ve got two young fish swimming one mode and an elderly fish float the other course ,” the 21 -year-old star of the Boston Celtics says as he considers the enduring backdrop of hasten in the United States.” They cross routes and the older fish says:’ What’s up chaps, how’s the spray ?’ The two younger fish turned back and look back at the wiser fish and ask:’ What’s liquid ?’ They’ve never recognised that this is what they actually live in. So it takes individual special like Martin Luther King to discover past what you’ve been been incorporated in your whole life .”
Three times before his death, Foster Wallace included the parable in one of his most widely-read articles of writing. Yet it carries fresh resonance when said with gentle impel by a young basketball actor who accepts apart from many of his contemporaries- to the fullest extent “that theres” numerous sections in which an unnamed NBA executive apparently showed that Brown might be “too smart” for the conference or” his own good “.
Brown was the No3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft and now, in his second season with Boston, he is a key chassis as the Celtics arrive in London the coming week as the leading team in the Eastern Conference. We’ve already spoken about Brown’s desire to learn brand-new words and his interest in notebooks and chess- while he affection toy the forte-piano and listening to grease artists from east London. Even more intimately he has relived the deaths among his closest acquaintance Trevin Steede in November. In the two tournaments after that ravaging loss Brown produced inspirational operations, which he dedicated to Steede.
He has also looked forward to playing in London on Thursday, against the Philadelphia 76 ers, and refuted a few questions as to whether his young Celtics team may become NBA advocates in the next few seasons:” Why not this year? People say maybe we’ll is all very well in two years- but I think we’re good now. Right now we’ve got one of the best accounts in the organization. I think we could be as good as we want to be. But the more we give people frame our mindset, and start saying two years from now, is the moment “were losing” .”
Last week the Celtics defeat LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers 102 -8 8. Excitement and anticipation borders the Celtics but scoot still stalks our gossip- and it has reiterated hauntingly through Brown’s life.” Racism surely still exists in the South ,” he says, retaining his youth in Marietta, Georgia.” I’ve suffered it through basketball. I’ve had people announce me the n-word. I’ve had beings come to basketball games dressed in monkey clothings with a t-shirt on. I’ve had parties coat their front black at my recreations. I’ve had people shed bananas in the stands.
” Racism emphatically prevails across America today. Of course it’s changed a great deal- and my possibilities are much greater than they would have been 50 years ago. So some people reflect racism has faded or no longer exists. But it’s hidden in most strategic locates. You have less parties coming to your face and let me tell you something certain things. But[ Donald] Trump has uttered it a lot more acceptable for prejudiceds to speak their thinkers .”
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