"To look at him at LSU and and at high school and know he was going to come to Philadelphia. and his current set of skills and the athleticism he has, Ben can be anything he wants to be", Brown said.
So far this season it has equated to a middling record, but they arrived in London on the back of four straight wins and the vision was clear to see in a first half when they put Boston in the shade.
As the Celtics built their lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, Irving heard some chants of "M-V-P".
It was also a special night for Stoke City's Geoff Cameron as he hails from Massachusetts, meaning he got to see his hometown National Basketball Association team, the Boston Celtics, get a win.
"Youth and versatility", Tatum said of what he and Brown bring to the table as a tandem.
The Coach did everything he could, making substitutions to shift his line up around and burning through timeouts to encourage, cajole and calm his players. James scored 26 points in this loss and Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.
Olivier Giroud, a keen fan of the London Game, took in the action too.
"This team that we just played today is the best defensive team in the NBA and we felt all of that", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "There was no real panic, but we had to play a lot better than we were". "Winning an NBA championship is one of the hardest things you can do in life". They tried to force the ball through tiny spaces, took a number of highly-contested shots, and let the 76ers, especially Simmons and J.J. Redick, get what they wanted. Marcus Morris might have had his best game all season (and had some great quotes about a fourth-quarter incident with Simmons), and Daniel Theis brought his normal impressive energy off the bench.
The Raptors improved to a 15-2 at home despite playing Thursday without starters Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
However, with Tatum there are fewer glaring deficiencies in his game.
CJ Miles made four 3-pointers while scoring 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas contributed 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Raptors.
By the third quarter, the Celtics were in complete control and the Sixers could not buy a bucket.
The second-best defense during that stretch, which belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, owns a 100.9 rating.
The second round of All-Star voting was released yesterday, with Kyrie Irving (1,370,643) the leader by a substantial margin among Eastern Conference guards, and third in the conference overall behind LeBron James and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Celtics clearly started this game flat and out of rhythm. The 8.3-point gap between the Celtics and Timberwolves is the same as the difference between the Timberwolves and the 19th-ranked Utah Jazz.