One of the small things about the NBA bubble in Orlando is that fans get to see things about the players we don't normally see (this is true for players too, who are spending more time around each other than they ever have).
If you hadn’t noticed, former Duke star Jayson Tatum carries a Lion King lunch box. Why? Here’s why: “[Tatum’s two-year old son] Deuce loves lions and loves Lion King and I always carry my food to the game so it’s just a little something for when he sees the picture he sees that daddy has a Lion King lunchbox.”
So that’s pretty cool to hear.
Also cool to hear is what St. Louis coach Travis Ford says about Tatum:
“I think in 2-3 years, we’re probably going to consider him maybe the best player in the league. I really believe that, I do. I really believe that.
“I know how hard he works at it. I’ve seen him in our gym in the summertime. I’ve seen him working out, so to see somebody who works at their craft and who has already made it to the NBA, but wants to continue to get better every day? And work on his skills? It’s very exciting. So really, none of this shocks me. He’s obviously turned into a franchise player. He’s the type of player you can build NBA teams around. I still think he’s got so much growth (in him) to even continue to get better.”
We thought Tatum would be good - he was certainly impressive at Duke - but did we think he would be in this sort of a conversation? Honestly, no. But he is, and it’s great to see.
By the way, there are some comments from the irrepressible Chris Carrawell in this article too.