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Jayson Tatum: They've always got to refer me as an NBA champion

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Jayson Tatum looked like someone who has been smiling and exhaling for three weeks. “You know, just being the topic of discussion of so many debates or whatever it is. ‘Can he lead a team? Is he a top-five player?’ ” Tatum said while standing in a quiet corner outside the gym. “There’s still a lot of things I guess they can debate, but I’ve done some things they can’t debate. I won a championship. I did it at the highest level. So having that under my belt, like, obviously there’s still conversations to be had or whatever people want to say, but they’ve always got to refer to me as an NBA champion.”
Source: Boston Globe

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum said that after he signed his extension Saturday, coach Joe Mazzulla couldn’t help himself.
“Joe was already trying to draw up shit for next season. I was like, ‘Joe, fuck that. We just won the championship.’”
bostonglobe.com/2024/07/08/spo…8:36 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
New: “Obviously there’s still conversations to be had or whatever people want to say, but they’ve always got to refer to me as an NBA champion.”
Jayson Tatum is feeling good.
bostonglobe.com/2024/07/08/spo…8:36 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
New:
The Celtics are bringing Tyler Cook to summer league, an athletic forward with strong rebounding skills
Cook also happens to be Jayson Tatum’s high school teammate
Via @TheCelticsWire:
celticswire.usatoday.com/lists/celtics-… pic.twitter.com/tGTF9yFiOl7:33 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
New:
The Celtics are brining Tyler Cook to summer league, an athletic forward with strong rebounding skills
Cook also happens to be Jayson Tatum’s high school teammate
Via @TheCelticsWire:
celticswire.usatoday.com/lists/celtics-… pic.twitter.com/UxySgJXO8n7:32 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Jayson Tatum just spotted Charles Lee and called out to him.
“What up, Champ!?” pic.twitter.com/3eR6ePSqdR5:55 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Jayson Tatum talks to me about the significance of wearing the same No. 10 for Team USA that Kobe Bryant wore. pic.twitter.com/X7jICGzobF5:49 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Jayson Tatum talks to me about the significance of wearing the sane No. 10 for Team USA that Kobe Bryant wore. pic.twitter.com/3dsAXCoLxO5:47 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Celtics’ Jayson Tatum still enjoying the championship glow pic.twitter.com/QVHKwIkf0I5:43 PM

Jon Chepkevich @JonChep
Incoming UNC freshman, Drake Powell, was a top performer during 5v5 live action at the Tatum Elite Camp.
The toolsy, versatile 18-year-old wing showed encouraging progress w/ his jumper, including a barrage of makes vs. Chris Paul and other pros.
Projected 2025 lottery pick. pic.twitter.com/mXTAFF18lW5:08 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr also swapped Bam Adebayo for Joel Embiid to play with Steph, ANT, Tatum and LeBron. pic.twitter.com/7jP1Ez9VRJ5:05 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
New Team USA group: Steph Curry, Anthony Edwards, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James and Joel Embiid. Embiid facilitates a bit and also knocks down a 3 pic.twitter.com/DbU2kNDisf5:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
While Steve Kerr will likely say there’s not much to read into it, the lineup on the floor as the media enters practice — Curry, Edwards, Tatum, James, Embiid — feels like a possible option to be the starting group against Canada on Wednesday night. – 4:58 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Jayson Tatum right into the mix with Team USA. pic.twitter.com/0NlkhvTFVr4:57 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Making small talk with Mike Zarren, I congratulated him on the Tatum extension.
Without missing a beat, Mike’s response:
“What about Derrick?” – 3:44 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
JT laces up his 🇺🇸 Jordan Tatum 2 for #USABMNT camp! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/NDryuGU2li3:42 PM

Jon Chepkevich @JonChep
Kansas’ AJ Storr was a tough iso cover at the Tatum Elite Camp.
Leveraged his strength to displace defenders and create separation w/ limited dribbles for rising midrange pull-ups.
Got where he wanted out of islands on the wing and the baseline mid-post. pic.twitter.com/zm4IUii6mi2:32 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Baylor Scheierman on the advice Jayson Tatum gave him ahead of Summer League:
Just be confident and be yourself pic.twitter.com/fM4ojkvFLV2:12 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW: As Jayson Tatum was finalizing an NBA record contract extension, he was in Vegas helping kids learn how to handle their money si.com/nba/jayson-tat…12:33 PM
Jon Chepkevich @JonChep
Purdue’s Fletcher Loyer showcased his scoring chops at the Tatum Elite Camp.
Provided valuable floor-spacing, then got to his midrange spots by quickly attacking off the catch and w/ good pace out of hesitations.
Creative angles, soft touch, and goofy-foot finishes at the rim. pic.twitter.com/aCwSe2ROSj10:46 AM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Jayson Tatum is expected to join Team USA training camp tomorrow after missing the first two days for personal reasons. – 11:44 PM

More on this storyline

Before the ink on Tatum’s massive contact had dried Saturday, Joe Mazzulla pulled him aside and shared a few thoughts. “Joe was already trying to draw up [expletive] for next season,” Tatum said, smiling. “I was like, ‘Joe, [expletive] that. We just won the championship, like, enjoy it and relax. We’re not worried about any sets that you’re trying to put in right now.’ We had a good laugh about it, because he’s just so driven, which we all are, but it’s like, man, we worked so hard for this, we’ve got to enjoy it.” -via Boston Globe / July 8, 2024
On Saturday, Tatum officially signed his five-year, $314 million extension that replaces teammate Jaylen Brown’s as the richest contract in NBA history. The deal was essentially a formality, and Tatum said he already had more than enough money to take care of his family. But he said it was significant because of what it symbolized. “For me just to feel wanted, and they want me to be here and want me for the long haul,” Tatum said. “I’ll spend my whole career here and have got nothing but love for the fans, the city, and the organization. You know, we just won a championship and I want to try to win as many as I can.” -via Boston Globe / July 8, 2024
After practice, Flagg posed for a picture with two famous Duke alums — Grant Hill, managing director for Team USA, and Jayson Tatum, a national team member, Olympic gold medalist and three-time All-NBA First Team selection. “Once the ball goes up, I’m just trying to win at all times,” Flagg said, explaining why he was not awe-struck by his surroundings in Las Vegas despite his age. “I’m just a competitor, and that’s what it boils down to. It’s a little bit of an adjustment, being on the court with them, but at the same time I’m just playing basketball and trying to learn.” -via New York Times / July 8, 2024

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