Jaylen Brown is probably the subject of the most vitriol in the Jayson Tatum-led Boston Celtics system. This means that there was more reason for him to shut his haters up during this NBA Finals run. A lot of it has to do with the way that the team valued him, whether it was still under Danny Ainge or even Brad Stevens. Now, every single one of those doubts about the team's commitment to him along with his historic contract had been dispelled.

Keeping it steady despite rumored moves from Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens

Jaylen Brown is the only member of the Celtics who is going home with three trophies. He snagged the Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP, the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP, and the Larry O'Brien trophy. However, all of this could have happened if one of Brad Stevens or Danny Ainge chose to trade him away.

A lot of big names surfaced as trade targets for the Celtics before they won their 18th banner. Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis were just some of the few stars who were supposed to be traded for Jaylen Brown. Up to this point, Jayson Tatum is puzzled with how the star from UC Berkeley dealt with all of that. He unveiled how he felt about the situation. It happened after they had demolished the Dallas Mavericks in five games, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

It would bother me. I'm not talking from a pedestal, but I didn't necessarily know what that felt like. But I could just imagine all the hard work that he put in. I saw it every day. Even the strongest-minded person, would affect you at some point. So I always felt for him in that regard. I think now that maybe I could have been better. I never said too much. I always have stayed out of that

If there was anyone who has seen Jaylen Brown go through all of this, it was Jayson Tatum. The two have been together since their Team USA camps. This was back when they were just trying to make it to the NBA. Danny Ainge drafted them in back-to-back years with the third overall pick. The journey that they have shared from Brad Stevens' move to general manager to the gut-wrenching Marcus Smart trade has been everything but smooth.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum's goal in the Celtics system: Growth

Jun 17, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts with guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks during game five of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite the constant effort to get all of these rumors out of Brown's head, all he could think about was growing with Tatum. That type of mentality paid off as the final buzzer rang in the NBA Finals. It signified that they had won four out of five games with the last one bearing a 106-88 scoreline. Brown was just thankful he had a brother in the Celtics system who helped him amid all the noise.

Just our growth together. We've been through a lot. We've been playing together for seven years now. We've been through a lot, the losses, the expectations. The media have said all different types of things: We can't play together, we are never going to win. We heard it all. But we just blocked it out, and we just kept going. I trusted him. He trusted me. And we did it together.

These two are now Celtics greats but their journey to basketball immortality has just started.