Jason Kidd Clarifies His Stance On Jaylen Brown Amidst NBA Finals Tension: “Wasn’t Mental Warfare”


In the heat of the NBA Finals, Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd made headlines with his comments on Boston Celtics’ star Jaylen Brown. Kidd’s unexpected endorsement of Brown as the Celtics’ best player stirred the pot, leading to widespread speculation about his intentions. Was it a strategic move to unsettle the Celtics, or just an innocent observation?

Kidd now addressed the media to set the record straight:


“My comment about Jaylen Brown was from watching tape and Game 1. Again, he was the best player. … Everybody thought it was mental warfare [but] that wasn’t mental warfare. That was just my opinion.”



His clarification came amidst a backdrop of intense scrutiny and debate over the potential implications of his words. But Kidd dismissed the idea that his remarks were meant to disrupt the Celtics’ harmony.

The controversy began when Kidd, in a post-game press conference, praised Brown’s performance on both ends of the court. “Jaylen is their best player,” Kidd stated, highlighting Brown’s defensive prowess and impact on the game. This comment quickly became a talking point, with many wondering if Kidd was attempting to play mind games by singling out Brown over Celtics star Jayson Tatum.

The Celtics’ camp, however, remained unfazed. Brown himself brushed off the comments, emphasizing the team’s collective focus. “It’s a team game,” he responded, downplaying the significance of individual accolades. Tatum echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the team’s unity and resilience in the face of external attempts to sow discord.

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