Dallas Mavericks teammates Jalen Brunson and Justin Jackson have a friendly rivalry going way back. It came to a head in 2016 when Brunson’s Villanova Wildcats defeated Jackson’s North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA Championship game. Jackson led UNC to the championship the following season then headed to the NBA. Brunson took Villanova to their second title in 2018.
The two men are close. They love to jokingly go back and forth at each other. Brunson attempted to call Jackson while the replay of the 2016 national title game was on.