The Dallas Mavericks lost Jalen Brunson this summer to the New York Knicks. It was a heartbreaking moment as the Mavs drafted Brunson in the second round in 2018, and helped him transform into the team’s second-best player. The front office always believed they would re-sign him, but the Knicks offered a family experience and money that was just too good to turn down.
Fans heard Brunson talk about why he left Dallas on The Old Man and the Three podcast with former Mavericks guard J.J. Redick. JB did a fantastic job explaining the situation that led him to choose New York.
Brunson joined former Mavericks great and now television analyst Derek Harper on his new podcast Harp’s Court where the duo discussed his departure, Luka Doncic, and so much more. Here is a closer look at the latest interview.
Jalen Brunson on if there is bad blood between him and the Dallas Mavericks
Harp asked Brunson about what he would remember from his time with the Mavericks, and fans can see JB’s response below.
"A lot. I’m going to miss my teammates, most importantly. Miss my guys. They made my life a lot easier and without them, I wouldn’t even be in the situation I was in, so I’m going to miss them a lot. Obviously, the organization and the coaching staff, the two staffs I had and everyone in the organization have been nothing but amazing. I’m going to miss that, and I can go on and on, but especially the fans."
Brunson went on to talk about how special the supporters in Dallas were, and how their belief in him helped him improve. He also noted that he is extremely grateful to the Mavericks organization for believing in him and helping him over the last four years.
JB also said that he called all of his teammates after making the decision to head to New York to inform them personally.
Harper asked Brunson about changing gears and moving on to being a Knick, and the 6’1 guard gave a fantastic response on how he feels about leaving Dallas.
"Yeah, definitely about the business, but there is no bad blood at all for me. I am going to root for them. I am going to be happy for their success."
JB also went on to say that he does not think there is any bad blood coming from the Mavs organization either. He repeated his belief that he thought he was going to be a Maverick for life before the Knicks swooped in with an offer too good to pass up.
Toward the end of the interview, Harper asked Brunson who were the best point guards in the NBA right now, and JB responded with Stephen Curry and Mavericks star Luka Doncic. The newest Knick talked about his former teammate’s ability to do everything on the court as to what makes him special.
Brunson also discussed his relationship with Mavs head coach Jason Kidd, his routine, how his dad has shaped his career, and so much more in the wide-ranging interview that all MFFLs should check out.
Losing Jalen Brunson hurt. It will be weird not seeing him in a Mavericks uniform on opening night and even stranger when JB comes to Dallas wearing Knicks gear, but such is life in the NBA. Hopefully, Brunson becomes an All-Star in New York and Luka Doncic leads the Mavs to a championship. It would be the perfect ending for all involved, but stay tuned to see how it plays out.