When Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown were teammates in Boston, they admittedly “butted heads” according to Brown. But while Irving was suspended recently by the Nets, Brown was one of his more vocal supporters — and Sunday night Irving said the Celtic star was like family.

“He’s a brother of mine,” Irving said. “Grateful that we’ve built a relationship off the court. True warriors when we go against each other. In Boston, we got a chance to get to know each other on a deeper level. So, again, I’m just grateful that we’ve been able to build on top of the very foundation of aligning on us how we live our lives and how we treat people. So, it’s been good. He’s a brother [of mine].”

Irving was suspended by the Nets for eight games without pay for promoting an anti-Semitic movie on social media and refusing to apologize. At the time, Brown — who, like Irving is a vice president of the National Basketball Players Association — defended his former teammate.