August 13, 2022 | 2:04 am EDT Update
ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.
After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown‚Äôs mindset and value as a player. ‚ÄúI feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It‚Äôs one of those things. It‚Äôs the league. It‚Äôs a business. It‚Äôs one of those things that you can‚Äôt be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.‚ÄĚ
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. ‚ÄúIt kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you‚Äôre the focal point. It‚Äôs one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It‚Äôs one of those things where you‚Äôre like, ‚Äėoh dang, Al Jefferson.‚Äô It‚Äôs not even like a difference,‚ÄĚ said Williams.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs going to approach it even better. He‚Äôs going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn‚Äôt work out, which, I don‚Äôt know what it is or not, I‚Äôm not involved in none of those processes,‚ÄĚ stated Williams. ‚ÄúBut I think that he‚Äôs going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he‚Äôs going to be very, very, very, very secure because he‚Äôs secure of himself and he‚Äôs secure of what he‚Äôs going to be.‚ÄĚ
Green then admitted that it‚Äôs usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don‚Äôt always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs just not how we roll,‚ÄĚ Green said. ‚ÄúSo I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it‚Äôs in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I‚Äôm like ‚ÄėKlay stop shooting the ball‚Äô and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.‚ÄĚ
It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: ‚ÄúWe knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,‚ÄĚ he claimed. ‚ÄúBecause of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. ‚Ä¶ So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.‚ÄĚ
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick‚Äôs The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn‚Äôt much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): ‚ÄúIf you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,‚ÄĚ Wade said. ‚Äú‚Ä¶ You don‚Äôt win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.‚ÄĚ
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… ūü§Ē Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK