Jaylen Brown of the Celtics has decided to take the floor for the Orlando restart after initially having reservations about playing.
While speaking with reporters on Monday during a conference call Jaylen explained his feelings on everything involving the restart of games and deciding to opt-in.
“For me, I can speak for myself better than anybody, I want to make that clear: I didn’t want to go to Orlando,” Jaylen said Monday in a conference call with reporters.
“Like, I had apprehensions not just because of social justice, but COVID-related, and had some family issues, as well. But, once I thought about the opportunity that the organization and the NBA presented to play for something bigger than myself, I would have signed up right away.
Brown has been very active in the last few months speaking about racial inequality issues and lending his voice to positive change.
The Celtics’ guard drove 15 hours from Boston to his hometown of Atlanta to take part in a peaceful protest following the killing of George Floyd.
The NBA is still preparing to resume the 2019-20 season in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort, though several players from around the league have opted to sit out.
Brown is averaging 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds, both career bests this season.
The Celtics are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings, just three games behind the Toronto Raptors for the second seed.
Boston is scheduled to take the floor on July 31 against the Milwaukee Bucks.