Since joining the NBA, Jayson Tatum is presented as the striker of the future, and one of the best players of his generation. Straight out of Duke, then knighted by Kobe Bryant who saw him as one of his successors, the player first detonated with disconcerting ease and eye-popping talent. Then there were his first failures: the inability to go to the end in the playoffs, his non-selection in an All-Star Team which cost him more than 30 million dollars last season in a team which no longer rotated, then the question of his leadership called into question following Boston’s poor start to the season.
Today, after a breathtaking second half of the season and a place in the All-NBA First Team, he is back on the front of the stage, playing his best basketball and setting himself up as a leader by example. meeting the needs of his team, whether to score or create for others.
A discussion that annoys him
Although he is now in the fight to win his first championship ring, his status in the NBA continues to be debated. Is Jayson Tatum a superstar? Of the caliber of a LeBron James or a Kevin Durant?
When asked if he was surprised by anything about the Celtics’ journey as a team superstar, Jayson Tatum took the opportunity to cut the debate short.
“A lot of people want to debate. You mentioned the term superstar, whatever it might mean, right? I saw that there is a big debate: “Is he a superstar or not? “. I want to know where it comes from. Did I tweet that? Did I ever say I was a superstar? What am I about to be? It’s not all about me.”he launched. “It’s been a big debate for a year and a half or two years. I see it all the time. There has always been a question around me, so much so that I wonder who spoke on my behalf or said this or why it was so important.
Win a title to make everyone agree
Jayson Tatum may not have explicitly talked about ‘superstar’ status, but he has repeatedly explained that his goal is to be a Top 5 player in the league, which is more or less the same . In any case, there is one thing that could end all the debates: winning an NBA championship title.
“If you win a title, there are not many things to discuss anymore. It can’t be debated whether or not you’re a champion.”he added.
The Celtics have already taken a first step in the right direction by seeking Game 1 on hostile ground. But everything remains to be done and Game 3 tonight will also weigh heavily, a match that Jayson Tatum approaches with great envy, especially after the setback conceded in Game 2.
“I can’t wait to bounce back. First final match at home, at the Garden. It’s going to be cool. I can’t wait to be there, to enjoy this experience. When you had a bad day at work, the next day you want to have a better day. I think everyone can understand that. When we lose a game, or we don’t play well, we want to come back and play a better game. Whatever field you work in”.