Life is good for former Duke star Jayson Tatum right now. He’s a doting father with a sweet little kid. He’s had a brilliant year for the Boston Celtics and helped push them into the NBA Eastern Conference Finals when he bailed rookie Grant Williams out at the line (Williams choked on a pair of free throws that left the door open for Toronto with mere seconds left. Tatum hit one of two to push the lead to three, meaning that Toronto could have tied but barring a four point play or technicals, couldn’t have won).
Teammate Kemba Walker said this: “He’s a superstar and he showed it tonight. Anybody that had any questions or doubted that, he showed it. Game 7. It’s the final game of the series. He got the biggest rebound of this series. Special, special kid. He works hard. He wants to win. He loves playing with his teammates. He was unbelievable tonight.”
Hero to his boy, hero to his teammates and a bright, glistening presence for the NBA in a most unusual year.
What else could go right for Tatum?
Well he got to mock the Chuckster.
Charles Barkley challenged Boston’s rising star to a bit of golf and Tatum replied, “I’ve seen your golf swing. I like my chances.”