Jayson Tatum’s basketball camp is formally underway, and to date, we have had blocked pictures, Duece look requests, and a few very considerate solutions throughout media availability..
Before we take a look at Tatum’s discussions with the press, let’s begin with the enjoyable stuff just like the St. Louis native doing his finest Robert Williams impression by sending a younger fan’s shot flying into the gang.
Ok, honest is honest, you took a shot in opposition to an All-NBA expertise, and it obtained blocked – whaddya anticipate to occur? And extra importantly, do you actually care? Because you bought to take a shot in opposition to Jayson Tatum, and that is definitely worth the entry charge alone!
Still, the occasion did not all go in Tatum’s favor, as some children managed to attain on him – and I’m betting that is what led to him blocking the above shot so callously. Gotta save face the place you’ll be able to, proper?
And whereas we’re on the subject of youngsters, take a look at this younger fan who obtained a chance to ask Tatum something he needed…and he selected to ask to fulfill Duece! I imply, Tatum has constantly mentioned that his mini-me is the larger star, however this may be the primary time we have really seen it on video.
“I all the time like doing these camps, simply to see the thrill on their faces after I are available. That’s simply extraordinarily pure, and it is all about simply having enjoyable, and I believe that is one of the best half,” Tatum mentioned.
Ok, that is sufficient of the enjoyable stuff! Now we will get into the precise basketball facet of issues, and all of it begins with the All-Star wing talking about how he is remained involved along with his teammates all through the summer season.
“We’ve all been involved, simply checking in on one another, see how they’re doing. Everybody is touring with their household and stuff proper now, however most likely subsequent month, guys will begin getting again within the health club. Some of us may be in LA collectively and we’ll work out, stuff like that,” Tatum advised reporters when requested about his communication with the workforce all through the summer season.
Tatum was additionally requested about workforce chemistry – which is one thing the Celtics have struggled to create over the previous few seasons with combined outcomes. And with all the present commerce rumors swirling round, it will likely be fascinating to see how that chemistry holds up subsequent season. But for now, the 24-year-old wing is remaining assured in his workforce’s collective mindset, and that is encouraging as we proceed to shut in on coaching camp.
“Chemistry is half the battle. I really feel like you’ll be able to have an important workforce with nice expertise, and never essentially gel collectively. You guys noticed we figured it out in January and by no means appeared again…it is a little bit totally different, realizing that we obtained to a sure level and was so shut. And we’re excited to get again to that, get again to the group, as a result of we have got unfinished enterprise.”
Tatum additionally spoke on the nagging shoulder damage that he sustained within the Miami Heat collection, giving an encouraging replace that can have Celtics followers in all places respiratory a sigh of aid.
“It was an extended season than I had ever performed, however the shoulder feels good, I’ve obtained sufficient relaxation, so my physique feels actually good,” Tatum mentioned, “You know what works for you, what chances are you’ll want to alter , whether or not it’s one thing in your energy program or your weight loss program, so I believe that simply going by issues and having that have, you be taught from it.”
This previous week might need been stuffed with commerce rumors and issues about Jaylen Brown’s future with the franchise, however Tatum’s camp and what he advised the media, is an effective reminder that this Celtics workforce is the true deal – they’re close-knit, wish to enhance off final season, have improved their depth, and most significantly, they’re loving their time within the league.
When issues are enjoyable, success usually comes simpler, and judging by all of the movies popping out of the camp, there wasn’t a tragic face to be seen throughout the board – and that is what basketball, in its purist type, is all about – typically it is good to do not forget that.