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Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd made a comment after Game 1 of the NBA Finals, saying that Jaylen Brown is the Boston Celtics best player.

This remark caused waves in the media and within the Celtics with Jayson Tatum viewing Kidd’s comment as an attempt to drive wedge between him and Brown.

But according to Kidd, there was no ill intent in what he said. On the contrary, it was his honest assessment.

“I thought my comment about Jaylen Brown is from watching tape and watching Game 1. I thought he was the best player. Also a Cal alumn, so we have ties. Everybody thought it was mental warfare. That’s not mental warfare, that’s just my opinion. If it was to be true, then dang, I didn’t mean to cause such a stir,” Kidd said on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

So far Brown has been Boston’s top performer in the Finals in terms of scoring. He is averaging 21.5 points, 5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 39.5 minutes per game in the series.

Tatum’s numbers are 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 43.5 minutes per game in the Finals.