Celtics Jaylen Brown Heaps Praise on Veteran Center


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Al Horford’s return to the Boston Celtics has been nothing short of magical as he continues to turn back the clock and deliver exceptional postseason performances for his team.

Horford, 35, has been a constant presence for Boston this season as he brought a dependable presence in the Celtics dressing room with his veteran leadership and cool head. Of course, the 1.8m center has also been incredibly productive on the pitch, proving that his game is not limited by the effects of aging.

Speaking to the media following the Celtics’ seventh game win over the Miami Heat, Celtics star Jaylen Brown took a moment to share just how important Horford has been to Boston this season.

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“Nobody deserves it more than this guy on my right. His energy, his demeanor, stepping in every day, being a pro, taking care of your body, being a leader. Proud to share this moment with a veteran, mentor, brother, a guy like Al Horford, man. He’s been amazing all season, my whole career really, so I’m happy to be able to share this moment with someone like him,” Brown said of Horford after Boston’s 100-96 win over the Heat.

The Boston veteran center has been extremely impressive during his postseason run, averaging 12.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his 16 playoff games to date while making 51.8% from the field and 45.6 % shot from the depths.

Finals Berth changes Horford’s contract situation

Much has been said about Horford’s future with the Celtics after this ongoing season, mostly because Boston has limited cap space and moving from veteran center is one of the easiest ways to solve this problem.

However, after the Celtics reached the NBA Finals, Horford’s contract situation changes slightly. Due to a clause in his deal, the Veterans Center is now guaranteed to make $19.5 million next season, a $5 million jump from its original projections. Of course, Brad Stevens and the front office will be more than happy to match the extra cash given how successful Horford was in his first year with the team.

Interestingly, the same clause in Horford’s deal could result in his full $26.5 million salary being guaranteed if the team wins a championship, meaning we’ll see a fully motivated Horford when Boston returns on June 2nd against the Golden State Warriors.

Horford credits Celtics Young Core

It’s true Horford deserves all the credit he’s getting right now, but he’s also a consummate professional and understands the influence of his team-mates. Speaking to the media after the Celtics’ win on May 29, Horford took a moment to commend the growth of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart – three players he has seen since first joining the Celtics organization observed.

VideoCeltic video Jaylen Brown praises veteran center2022-05-30T05:13:46-04:00

“I’m so proud of this group. Those guys, you know, I’ve seen JB come into the league and take steps, reach levels. I’ve seen JT do the same, I’ve seen Smart grow. For me it’s just something special to be with them and to be able to help them and to be a part of it. I’m really grateful to be in this position,” Horford told reporters.

Now Horford and the Celtics will rest four days before taking on the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on June 2, with both teams looking to carve out a lead in the series and gain some momentum in the fight for an NBA championship to win.

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