Since Tatum is a restricted free agent, he also has little choice unless he simply accepts the qualifying offer, which would be a major surprise and incredibly risky -- an option that essentially signals a player wants to leave his current locale. ST. LOUIS - There was nothing unusual or out of sorts about Sunday, Jan. 26 for Jayson Tatum and his father Justin Tatum. Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum can sign his rookie extension with the Celtics this offseason if he chooses, and the team will almost certainly have a max contract offer on the desk of agent Jeff Wechsler at the first available opportunity. ... rumored nor actually intended as a legitimate suggestion on what the Boston Celtics ought to do with All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum. "I was glad I was there to comfort him and just be around him, let him know, Dad is still here, Mom is still here, and knowing that you lost a significant icon in your life," Justin said. We just lost a series. But in what was clearly a time of need and support, Justin takes solace in the fact that they got the news together and he was there to comfort and console Jayson as best he could. That’s what the Celtics want, and Tatum’s status as a restricted free agent means the Celtics have all the power as long as he doesn’t actively want to leave. Jayson continued to watch Kobe in games, but added video clips of him as well as interviews and commercials to his playlist, soaking it all in. 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That was all good, but Justin also implored him to understand that the work Kobe put into all those other things, he also put into his craft to not just be better - but be the best version of himself whenever he stepped on the floor. "What you need to do is play through him and do what Kobe would like you to do," Justin recalled telling Jayson. As the painful silence began to fade away and the two began to talk and process the news, Justin's message to his son was succinct. You could be like Kawhi (Leonard) and Paul (George).". Jayson Tatums dad on the Celtics star reaction to Kobes death: 'I just (saw) his soul leave' originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston. Jayson was on the road in New Orleans and Justin was in town for the game, a chance to see his son, one of the league's rising stars as well as another rising star for the Pelicans, Zion Williamson, who like Jayson was one-and-done at Duke University. Please check your email for a confirmation. Back when Tatum was just learning how to play basketball, Justin tried to steer his son towards playing more like Celtics legend Paul Pierce, who played at a slower pace and relied more on footwork than finesse to be an impactful scorer, finishing his career as one of the greatest to ever play for the Celtics. I was just focused on this season. Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) takes a shot during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP. Your support makes a difference. By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's Terms and Privacy Policy. All rights reserved (About Us). The focus of course would be on Tatum, and two players of this caliber plus two first-round picks probably would be enough to start the conversation. Stuff like that, going to happen -- if it happens -- not really my concern, I’m not even thinking about that.”. As the two sat together talking about anything and everything, Jayson's phone began to start buzzing … a lot. According to Buckley, “to try to determine the trade value of players who aren’t actually available in trades.”, Cs coach Brad Stevens joins ‘twin’ Pete Buttigieg rallying Democrats, — The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) October 21, 2020. "He took that and ran with it," Justin said. October 21, 2020 1:06 pm. The most likely scenario is that Tatum is offered -- and accepts -- a very lucrative max deal. After the Celtics were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday in a 125-113 Game 6 loss, however, Tatum was asked about his pending restricted free-agent status and said he hasn’t given the topic much thought yet. Pick up his demeanor.' Just that will to win is something that Kobe has left with him.". And when the Celtics star learned of Bryant's death, father and son were together. That’s what I’m thinking about. Justin had seen and heard enough about Kobe to know that his success involved him working on his craft non-stop, a message Justin instilled in Jayson at an early age. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Justin Quinn. When we found out, it was just dead silence for the rest of the trip until we found out it was real news.". "Somebody I really looked up to and really was like my hero, the reason I started playing basketball, to becoming a friend, a mentor, someone I could talk to and help me out with a bunch of things on and off the court. This was fun. Justin and his mother, Brandy, had Tatum just months out of high school. I'm glad he found something that helped drive him to where he's at today.". But the influence of Kobe on Jayson isn't over. "And you have the opportunity to be one of them. "I just (saw) his soul leave," Justin Tatum told NBC Sports Boston in an exclusive interview. 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But Tatum wasn’t ready to think about any of that on Sunday. But I’m not thinking about that right now. Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Magic-Celtics, which begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App. WATCH: Celtic-interviewed prospect Grant Riller workout video "There are very few two-way players in our game," Popovich, head coach of Team USA, recalled telling Tatum.

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