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Boston Celtics general manager Brad Stevens has called the criticism of stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown “stupid,” defending the duo after their first NBA championship win.

Tatum and Brown have faced scrutiny for years, with some even suggesting they should be split up.

The Celtics vindicated their approach by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in the NBA Finals. Stevens believes the criticism only exists due to the duo’s high level of success.

“I think the criticism’s stupid… [Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown] had achieved more than most 25, and 26-year-olds ever had,” Stevens said.

Stevens emphasized that the scrutiny was a result of their consistent performance in late May and June. Tatum and Brown have been instrumental in the Celtics’ postseason runs, solidifying their reputation as top-tier players. Their championship victory silenced many doubters, showcasing their growth and resilience.

“And the only reason they received scrutiny was because they were playing in late May and June,” he added.

The Celtics’ triumph underscores the importance of patience and belief in their core players. Tatum and Brown’s journey has been marked by perseverance, culminating in their well-deserved championship

The win not only validates Tatum and Brown but also strengthens the Celtics’ position moving forward. Their success is a testament to the team’s strategic decisions and development.