Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘G-14 classification’ advice goes over Jaylen Brown’s head during NBA Finals

Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics can close out the series in Dallas if they keep their focus.

Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘G-14 classification’ advice goes over Jaylen Brown’s head during NBA Finals

Shaquille O'Neal gives Jaylen Brown g-14 classification advice, says to ignore unwanted noise

The Boston Celtics are a well-assembled team. The only thing that can blow their chances of winning the NBA title is potential discontent between teammates. Especially between the two longest-serving members of the team, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

This narrative has existed in media circles for quite some time. This led former Celtics player Shaquille O’Neal to offer some advice to Brown. The Hall of Famer initially tried to give some G-14 classification advice. He said it in the form of a riddle.

Do not get fixated on useless titles. Do what you gotta do. Doesn't matter who's who, or they say who's what. It ain't time for all that right now. Do what you gotta do and get it done.
Shaquille O’Neal via NBA TV (X Account)

Jaylen Brown did not understand what Shaq meant. Soon, Shaquille O’Neal broke it down so that he could understand.

They're trying to separate you and your guy by saying who's better. Don't worry about useless titles. Who's the man, it don't matter who the man is. Kobe's the man, Shaq's the man, it don't matter. I'm getting my 40, Kobe's getting his 39, let's go win these championships.
Shaquille O’Neal via NBA TV (X Account)

Eventually, Brown understood what the ‘Big Aristotle’ meant. He appreciated the advice and agreed with O’Neal. This storyline has gained more attention since Brown won the Eastern Conference Finals MVP award.

Initially, the media tried to showcase that Jayson Tatum was not happy. Then, Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd tried to fan the flames of that narrative. However, O’Neal knows how such narratives can cause issues within a team. It can potentially damage their chemistry and any chances of winning the NBA title.

Jaylen Brown and his Boston Celtics are in pole position to win the NBA title

The Boston Celtics are in a commanding position in the NBA Finals. Going up 2-0 puts the pressure on the Dallas Mavericks. However, it does not mean the Celtics can take their feet off the gas. Nevertheless, it does put them in a much better position than their opponents. The likes of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum can ease off a little bit.

Head coach Joe Mazzulla can pick and choose how he wants his players to help win the game. He can even decide to restrict Kristaps Porzingis’s minutes after the big man picks up another injury. Therefore, the ball is now in their court.

On the other hand, the Dallas Mavericks will have to put everything aside and dominate both games. It’s not an easy task, considering the wealth of talent the Boston Celtics possess. Therefore, they could close out the series in Dallas itself. That is what Shaquille O’Neal meant by finishing the job.

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