Kobe Bryant is the gold standard for measuring one’s talent and ability in the NBA. Anytime a player is compared to him, you know you are on the path of superstardom. In today’s league, Jayson Tatum is one such player who evokes comparisons to the late great Mamba.
His game not only mirrors Kobe but he also worships the former Los Angeles Lakers guard. So, when former league MVP Allen Iverson sang his praises in Bryant’s name, it floored him. AI was discussing Tatum along with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their ‘All the Smoke’ podcast.
“Jayson Tatum, Dawg! Dawg!” said the former Philadelphia 76ers man. “He got a lot of Kobe in him too,” Stephen Jackson remarked. “Yeah, you could tell. You could tell he was working with Kobe,” Iverson agreed.
While this conversation is four months old, Tatum came across it only recently. Watch his reaction below –
Jayson Tatum’s workouts with Kobe Bryant
The Boston Celtics forward grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant and wanted to share the court one day. So his dream came true in the summer of 2018 when he got a chance to work out with Kobe after he completed his rookie year in the NBA.
It is no wonder that he came back after the season with more weapons added to his offensive arsenal. His fadeaway jumper is straight out of the Mamba’s textbook.
Jayson Tatum made his Celtics return with aplomb against Chicago Bulls
A COVID infection ruled out Jayson Tatum for NBA games when he contracted the deadly virus after the game against the Washington Wizards almost 15 days ago. But thankfully for them, he made his return last night in due time after their drubbing at the hands of the 76ers.
And it looked like he was never away. Surprisingly, he played without a minutes restriction against the Chicago Bulls. He recorded 24 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes of on-court action helping the Celtics break their three-game losing streak.
Perhaps the comparisons to Kobe Bryant are appropriate. If he keeps playing like this, MVPs and NBA championships will await him; the best way to honor his hero.
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