Boston Celtics legend Robert Parish dead on with Tatum, Brown critique

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The Boston Celtics is content with building around the young All-Star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but is that really the best path when it comes to the future of the organization?

In other words, is it in the best interest to trade either Tatum or Brown to make the overall team better in the long run?

Now, that has been a big question over the last couple seasons as the Celtics have been mirrored in mediocracy.  Again, evident by another loss to a team like the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, the C’s led by Tatum and Brown lack the capability of being consistently good.  As talented as both players are individually, they are not making the players around them better.

Boston Celtics young duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lacking important trait

A harsh reality for fans of the duo to face, but Celtics legend Robert Parish unleashed nothing but truth in his assessment and praise of the current leaders in green during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

"“Brown and Tatum don’t have the ability to make their teammates better,” Parish said. “One of the reasons we were so successful going back to the 80s was because of Larry [Bird’s] ability to make people around him better.”"

Parish certainly knows as he is one of those players who benefitted from the overall ability of Bird.  It was a different time and era, but “The Chief” recognizes something on the court a lot of fans don’t want to see or perhaps they do see but ignore.  When Tatum and Brown are on their game, they are a lethal duo that make the Celtics a hard team to beat.

The problem is they haven’t learned how to get other players involved which as that 80s Celtics team proved, makes the overall team better and a star like Bird a superstar.

Can the Celtics led by Tatum and Brown get there eventually?

The front office wants to believe so, but that is going to have to show on the court on a more consistent basis because the 2021-22 version of the Boston Celtics shouldn’t be struggling just to make the playoffs, especially with the talent of those two individuals, which Parish praised as he continued his assessment.

"“When Brown and Tatum are doing their thing, everyone’s just standing around. They only have, really, two scorers, so if one of them is struggling, the Celtics don’t have a chance to win,” The Hall-of-Famer continued. “Brown and Tatum have to be spectacular, and that’s impossible to do every night.”"

While some will blame a lack of talent surrounding the duo, they do both have to start trusting their teammates more.  They must also learn how to feed off one another instead of subconsciously competing against one another while on the court together.

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Both are still young and growing as players, but can they grow together is the question.  As of right now, the answer is a growing frustration of a team either underachieving or lacking the chemistry to be as good as Boston Celtics fans and critics would like to believe they are.