Boston Celtics rookie wing Jaylen Brown had a tall task in this past season’s Eastern Conference Finals: guard LeBron James. He was nervous. Guard the greatest player of his generation in the playoffs? During his rookie season? If he didn’t somehow mitigate his pre-game anxieties before tip-off, he’d have already lost half the battle. He finally settled on an unorthodox solution — to create a three-minute, 31-second rap song that he rapped, produced and composed himself, one that would boost his self-esteem and get him past the urge to vomit before games in nervousness. Brown listened to the song, entitled Building Blocks, several times before all five games of a playoff series in which he held his own against James defensively.
November 17, 2017 | 5:33 pm EST Update
Spoelstra previously had mentioned the possibility of seasoning for Adebayo in the developmental league. “I’m not at that point right now,” he said Friday. “But if it gets to a point where he’s not playing, I mean, he’s my next guy. That’s the thing. I’m still surprised he hasn’t found a way in.”
Gina Mizell: Jameer Nelson on the end of his #Nuggets tenure: “Management and ownership wanted the two younger point guards (Murray and Mudiay) to play. It’s no secret. That just was reality. It wasn’t a surprise. It was just a matter of when was it gonna happen?”