Jaylen Brownthe play has been so inconsistent since his 46-point, 46-minute performance on New York night’s opening night, Ime Udoka called the development “mentally retarded” after Wednesday’s loss to the Wizards.
Brown understands his coach’s confusion. He’s also catching on to the wild swings – the result, he now understands, of coming back from COVID and trying to jump straight into the flow of the NBA season.
“I came and talked to me about it yesterday. It did not bother me. It is also overwhelming for me,” Brown said after Friday’s training session. “I was surprised that my body did not react as it normally reacts. I’m usually able to have that zipper, the one that pops, flying up and down the runway, but it was not there. I think it was obvious, I do not think he was out of line or anything for it.
“I need to get better and get together with my medical staff and figure out how to get my body to the point where I feel normal,” the Celtics striker said. “Some days I feel great, and then it’s like two to three days, it takes my body too long to feel great again. That’s a problem for me. As I navigate it, we still need to tighten up the details, tighten up our defenses and find a way to win matches. Although I do not feel the same on the pitch, I could still be better in certain areas and detailed in certain areas. It’s more the conversation we have. ”
Brown said his impulse is to penetrate those moments with low energy, even though he told training staff early in the Wizards game that he was having a hard time. He finally broke out with a fourth quarter of 10 points and almost turned the match around, but admits that even though he only had minor symptoms while in quarantine, he has actually struggled to return to form.
He witnessed the fight Jayson Tatum had in coming back last season, and recognizes something similar in his own state now, though Brown stressed that unlike his teammate, he has not had breathing problems.
“I have noticed in the last few days – what, four matches for me now? – my body has in a way not recovered the same. I’m talking to our medical staff about it. Like, I’m fine, “Brown said.” And then it feels like instead of playing one game, it feels like I played three. I’m used to my body reacting and recovering. much faster.
“I know I just turned 25, but that can not be the way it looks on the other side.”
Brown has come to a better understanding thanks to conversations with the team’s medical staff.
“I talked to them and it’s definitely a side effect or a symptom,” he said. “My breathing was more of a concern for me and I breathe fine, but I just do not come as fast as I would like. And I have some joint pain. And it’s also part of COVID. So I think a certain increase in pain, so I think that’s part of it. As I struggle through it and continue to play more games and get the right things into my system, it will get better. Right now, it has been inconsistent. I think that is obvious. But my body has not had the same.
“I think it affects everyone a little differently. I think, Jayson, he said his breathing was more his concern. He had like an inhaler. I did not really need an inhaler, I really focused on my breathing when I was in quarantine. But my recovery has not been the usual kind of improvement. Like I usually go through a routine. And that routine works. It’s money. I’ve been doing it for a few years. Even after a “hard fight, I do my routine and I should be fine. And I still have some long-term joint pain, I still have a little fatigue in my body. And I think that COVID is probably one of the main causes.”
REMARKS: Marcus Smart, who helped win last Monday’s match in Charlotte despite suffering from a combination of migraine headaches and bowel problems, is still struggling with the same issues. As such, he did not travel with the team to Washington for Saturday’s rematch against the Wizards. Aaron Nesmith, suffering from similar symptoms, raised but is doubtful. … Udoka has been straightforward about his players when they underperform – he prefers the word honest rather than critical – and Brown thinks the dialogue is good.
“I can not speak on behalf of everyone else, but I think fine,” Brown said. “We understand each other. There is a lot to do with a new group, but in the end we are all men – we can all talk to each other. Problems can be solved much easier that way, by communicating with each other instead of hearing about it in the media, etc. sometimes. Just communication as we continue to improve. Then we’re done. Yes, I think we have to make it. ”
Udoka will certainly not change its approach.
“They have been fantastic. We have a high-scoring group that understands and wants to be held accountable,” Udoka said of the players’ response. “And I think that can be critical a stretch. It’s just being honest and talking about lack of effort, and that’s what I always want to do. Let them know what I see and see at the same time in ourselves as coaches and what we can do to help them get better. But our guys are robust. They are tough. They’ve been fighting back from deficits over the course of the year and I’m just really trying to teach it to play that way from the start and not let a team challenge you, scrap you and start playing when you get down to double digits. ”