Ever wonder what the 2017 third-overall pick used to think about his current team?
Well, Jayson Tatum didn’t hold back in Friday’s episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast.
“I used to hate Boston,” Tatum said, via The Ringer.
Simmons, a Massachusetts native, responded saying, “Yeah, well, we need to fix that.”
Tatum quickly responded, “No, I love Boston now.”
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The 20-year-old also shared his love for Kobe.
“When I was like 4 or 5, I’d just always tell — my mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I got older,” Tatum said. “I would just be like, ‘I wanna be Kobe.’ She’d be like, ‘You wanna be in the NBA?’ ‘No, like, I wanna be Kobe.’ He was just my favorite player. I had his posters, all his jerseys. That was my guy.”
Tatum finished his first NBA season starting in every game for Boston, which made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics were eliminated by the Cavaliers in seven games, pitting Tatum against one of his other childhood favorites.
“LeBron was one of (my favorite players),” Tatum added. “Carmelo (Anthony), Paul George, (Kevin Durant). Guys that just play the wing position.”