If you’re under 21 and in Las Vegas, it’s not the same experience. Sure, you can see Love by Cirque du Soleil, and you can have dinner at Mario Batali’s B&B, but some of the more, shall we say, carnal delights of Las Vegas are off limits.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown has noticed.
So the 20-year-old threw a party for the underaged on their way to the NBA to get to know each other, he told Marc Spears of the Undefeated at ESPN.
The second-year player confirmed to The Undefeated that he is hosting “Jaylen Brown’s Welcome to the NBA Night” at an undisclosed location. The goal of the gathering is for selected rookies and young players to bond, meet mentors and exchange ideas. Brown is paying more than $5,000 of his own money for the event, a source told The Undefeated.
“There are a lot of young guys here, and there is nothing to do in Vegas if you’re under 21,” the 20-year-old Brown told The Undefeated. “I just want to do something. Hang out, talk to them. Build relationships. I’m not 21. [Celtics teammate] Jayson [Tatum] is not 20. A lot of the draft picks are young.
“I’m going to let them bring whoever they want. Food is on me. Everything.”
Classy. The guest-list is a who’s who of the top of the draft and guys expected to stick with teams.
While NBA players go hard at each other on the court, off the court they largely see it as a fraternity — they are among the 450 best players in the world and share an experience no one on the outside can fully relate to. This is the chance to get to know each other, talk about their experiences, brag about how they’re going to look in 2K18, and just hang out. Great idea by Brown.
For the Celtics, that’s the kind of guy you want in the organization.