In a groundbreaking moment for basketball, Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown has secured the most lucrative deal in NBA history, underlining his ambitions not just to conquer the basketball court but to make an enduring impact off the field as well.
"I appreciate the investment and the commitment from the Celtics," Brown acknowledged during a press briefing. "That commitment will be felt from me here in Boston on and off the floor."
The Road to the Supermax Extension
While Brown has been eligible for the supermax extension since July 1, he revealed the contract negotiations were straightforward throughout the process.
"From my standpoint, they understood where I came from, they understood where we came from, and it was all about meeting in a place where it made sense for everybody," Brown explained. Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck noted that Brown's motivations align perfectly with the organization's ethos, giving them the confidence to invest in him long-term.
"It's not just about a contract or money or playing basketball. It's about making a difference in life," Grousbeck emphasized. "That's what Jaylen embodies to me, to my partner Steve [Pagliuca], and to all of us here at the Celtics.
He's a true Celtic. He's a Celtic for years to come."
Philanthropy and Championship Pursuit
Interestingly, Grousbeck linked Brown's philanthropic objectives with the team's aspirations, with a hope that Brown will be a key driver in their pursuit of an 18th NBA championship.
"This is the next step to that," Grousbeck affirmed. With his new record-setting contract, Brown is well aware of the increased expectations, both on and off the court. But he appears ready to meet them head-on, viewing life as a series of stages and degrees.
"Everything that I went through throughout my career has prepared me for each stage... I don't shy away from pressure. I know what the demand is. I know what the expectation level is. And I know the work that is required. Everything about me is about work. So I look at it as just another challenge," Brown said.