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How Jayson Tatum honors Kobe Bryant’s legacy

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Four years ago, the basketball world lost one of its greatest icons: Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers legend, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves across the globe, as millions of fans, players, and celebrities mourned the loss of a legend.

One of the players who was deeply affected by Bryant’s passing was Jayson Tatum, the star forward of the Boston Celtics. Tatum grew up idolizing Bryant, and even wore his No. 24 jersey as a kid. He had the opportunity to meet and train with Bryant in 2018, and developed a mentor-mentee relationship with him. Bryant would often text and call Tatum, offering him advice and encouragement.

However, Tatum revealed in a recent interview with Andscape’s Marc Spears that he regrets not reaching out to Bryant more before his death. He said he was too scared to bother him, thinking he was too busy. He said he had so many questions he wanted to ask him, but never got the chance.

“I wish I would’ve called him more. I wish I would’ve texted him more,” Tatum said. "I just always thought he was so busy. I never wanted to bother him. We knew each other. He told me to text him, call him anytime. But I was almost scared… And obviously, after what happened, I wish I would’ve reached out more. I had so many questions I wanted to know the answers to. I should have called him more and it taught me a lesson."1

Tatum said Bryant’s death taught him to appreciate and learn from the older players in the league, such as LeBron James, who he now texts and calls frequently. He said he realized that people are willing to give him answers, he just has to ask.

“Now I don’t hold back with older guys in the league now, like 'Bron,” Tatum said. "'Bron is somebody that I text and call a lot, and it could be from basketball to how to take care of your body to business decisions off the court. People are willing to give you answers, you just have to ask."1

Tatum also said he tries to honor Bryant’s legacy by adopting his mindset and work ethic. He said Bryant taught him to be fearless and relentless, and to always strive for greatness.

“The biggest thing I took away from him was his mindset,” Tatum said. "He would always ask me, ‘How much are you willing to sacrifice to be a champion?’ He would always challenge me and push me to be better. He would always tell me to be confident and trust myself. He would always tell me to be the best version of myself."1

Tatum has certainly shown his potential to be one of the best players in the league. He is a five-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA First Team selection, and the leader of the Celtics, who have the best record in the NBA at 35-10. He is averaging 27 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, and is a strong candidate for the MVP award.

Tatum said he is grateful for the opportunity to play the game he loves, and to follow in the footsteps of his idol. He said he hopes to make Bryant proud, and to inspire the next generation of players.

“I’m just thankful for everything he did for me, and for the game of basketball,” Tatum said. "He was more than a player, he was a legend, a role model, a hero. He inspired me to chase my dreams, and I hope I can do the same for others. He will always be in my heart, and I will always play for him."1

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