Mut and Kirk Minihane are talking about the Celtics draft before they pick Jaylen Brown with the number three pick, and they then react to the pick as well as Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck's comments about no team being close to competitive with a trade offer for the Celtics.

Another pick, another foreigner for the Celtics.

Seven picks after selecting French big man Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick, the Celtics tabbed Croatian center Ante Zizic at No. 23.

Another pick, another foreigner for the Celtics.

Seven picks after selecting French big man Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick, the Celtics tabbed Croatian center Ante Zizic at No. 23.

Zizic, 19, averaged 14.8 points and 8.9 rebounds a game with Cibona overseas. He could end up being another draft-and-stash player for the C’s, continuing his development in Europe.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Jaylen Brown learned about NBA intensity from a name Celtics fans lusted after — Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler.

Because Brown and Butler share a trainer, they worked out together before the draft. A workout turned into a game one of one-on-one. They planned to play three.

Jaylen Brown has the athleticism to excel in the NBA. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports)

Jaylen Brown has the athleticism to excel in the NBA. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports)

Jaylen Brown learned about NBA intensity from a name Celtics fans lusted after — Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler.

Because Brown and Butler share a trainer, they worked out together before the draft. A workout turned into a game one of one-on-one. They planned to play three.

“We went tooth and nail at it. . . . I guess he thought it would be easy, and then somebody won the first game and then he wanted to keep going,” Brown told reporters in New York. “And so we kept going after that, then he won the second, then he won the third, then I won the fourth, and we ended up playing all the way to 21.”

Brown wouldn’t reveal who won, but he’ll have a chance to renew acquaintances with Butler and the rest of the NBA’s most versatile swingmen after being selected third overall by the Celtics in Thursday’s NBA draft.

“Boston is a great city full of culture, full of life, education, things that mean a lot to me,” Brown said. “I’m super excited. I cannot wait to get there and can’t wait to get everything started, can’t wait for the season to start, and I’m happy to be a part of the family.”

Brown, who played one season at California, is considered a different breed of basketball player. He plans on representing himself in contract negotiations, with input from Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. He’s a chess player and very interested in the culture of Boston.

“Boston has a great history of education and some great universities like Harvard, MIT,” he said. “I’ve done my research, so we’ll see.”

As for transitioning to the NBA game, there’s a lot to like about Brown’s skills. Freakishly athletic and a hard worker, he hopes he’s ready to make the leap to the pros. He’s a skilled finisher on the break, which means that aspect of the NBA game should play to his strengths.

“The NBA is a faster pace, faster tempo, so it’s a lot of transition, and I feel like that’s where I excel, that’s where I thrive,” he said. “However, I do have to get a lot better. Decision-making has to get a lot better. But the NBA is a faster pace, a lot of versatility. Guys that can guard multiple positions are very valuable, and I think I add to that really well.”

Brown doesn’t personally know anyone on the Celtics, though he’s impressed with young coach Brad Stevens. He caught a Celtics game in person in 2007 when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were leading the C’s to a title.

“I don’t know really anybody on the team, but I do know that they’re a playoff team and they’re looking for somebody to come and add and not take away from what they’ve been doing, so that’s what I want to do,” he said.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

After taking Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Celtics used the 16th pick on Guerschon Yabusele, a relatively unknown 20-year old prospect from France. Yabusele is a 6-foot-8 forward who last played for Rouen Métropole Basket in the French A division. With his outside shooting ability and athleticism, Yabusele projects to be a small-ball four. 

After taking Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Celtics used the 16th pick on Guerschon Yabusele, a 20-year old from France.  

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WEEI

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, fresh off a surprise booing from Celtics fans disappointed in the selection of Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick, said the C’s never came close to trading the pick for a veteran.

The Celtics went with Jaylen Brown at the third pick. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics went with Jaylen Brown at the third pick. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, fresh off a surprise booing from Celtics fans disappointed in the selection of Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick, said the C’s never came close to trading the pick for a veteran.

“Adding a veteran was certainly a consideration as we went into this draft day,” Grousbeck said. “Adding a veteran for the third pick was a consideration. We were willing to have those discussions, just nothing even came close. If it had come close and we hadn’t quite gotten there, I’d tell you that. It just wasn’t even close. It’s actually an easy day when nothing’s close. I don’t look for easy days — you try to make the right decisions — but this was an easy day.”

According to reports, the Celtics engaged in trade talks with the Sixers (Nerlens Noel), Bulls (Jimmy Butler), and Bucks (Khris Middleton), but according to Grousbeck, those talks never progressed.

That led to the selection of Brown. Grousbeck joked that as a Stanford grad, he’ll have to accept that Brown played for a year at Cal. He also said he was extremely impressed with Brown’s workout.

“Jaylen, since the day he walked in for his very impressive workout — impressive even to me, as more of a fan — he was very high on the list,” Grousbeck said. “He was going to be a finalist for this draft pick since the day he walked in and worked out.”

That said, fans still reacted with hostility, showering Grousbeck with boos over the selection.

“Fourteen years, that’s probably the worst one I’ve gotten, but I’ll view this as people really care,” Grousbeck said. “I’ll view it as I’ve certainly had some of those reactions when I’ve been at sporting events. You pay your money, you get to come in. Look, we’re a bunch of fans who bought this team. Being a fan means you’re emotional and emotionally invested in the team and no problem. But I actually believe if those fans knew what I knew and were in that room, most of them might have done the same thing. But no problem. Bring it on. They’re Celtics fans, and they’ve earned the right to say whatever they want.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

After months of speculation, the Celtics finally have an answer: Jaylen Brown.

The C’s selected the Cal forward with the third pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night after being unable to move the pick for a satisfactory return of veteran players.