Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Reacts to Derrick White’s Selection as Kawhi Leonard Team USA Replacement

Boston Celtics All-Star small forward Jaylen Brown, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, was passed over for his own teammate, All-Defensive guard Derrick White, to replace a departing Kawhi Leonard on the 12-man Team USA roster prior to the Paris Olympics.

Brown himself appeared to weigh in on the news on Wednesday morning, sharing this inquisitive, emoji-laden post moments after White’s addition was announced:

White will join two of his and Brown’s other championship Celtics teammates on Team USA, All-NBA combo forward Jayson Tatum and All-Defensive guard Jrue Holiday.

After Team USA failed to medal during the 2023 FIBA World Cup, a variety of superstars offered up their services during the NBA offseason for this summer’s Paris Olympics. The three aforementioned Celtics (Tatum, Holiday, and now White) will be joined by Los Angeles Lakers All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Phoenix Suns All-Stars Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, Golden State Warriors All-Star point guard Stephen Curry, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid, Miami Heat All-Star center Bam Adebayo, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, and Indiana Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton.

Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics attempts a shot past Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the first quarter at the TD Garden on January 27, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. Brown was…

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This 12-man group should be a formidable foe in the Olympics, as this club is jam-packed with future Hall of Famers, and thanks to the addition of White, should be able to offer up a variety of perimeter defenders to supplement the club’s starry aging scorers.

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Being passed over for Olympic team consideration represents a rare recent loss for Jaylen Brown. The summer prior to capturing his first title, the 6-foot-6 Cal product inked what at the time was a league-record five-year contract extension worth a projected $304 million. Tatum of all people surpassed that number this summer.

Across 70 regular season contests, the 27-year-old posted averages of 23.0 points on .499/.354/.703 shooting splits, 5.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks across 70 healthy contests. A three-time All-Star and one-time All-NBA Second Teamer, Brown’s resume is already approaching borderline Hall of Fame status, should he stay healthy for at least a few more All-Star seasons. Though he was named the Finals MVP (due perhaps to Tatum’s lackluster showing in the first handful of games against Dallas as much as Brown’s relative steadier hand), Brown is clearly the second-best player on this Boston club.

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Just as Team USA is the heavy favorite in international play this summer, Boston appears to be the obvious choice to at least emerge out of the Eastern Conference next summer, with Brown and Tatum at the helm.

Will there be residual bad blood between, say, Brown and White over this perceived slight? Time will tell.