Jayson Tatum grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant.
The Boston Celtics rookie has admitted he didn’t just want to play like Bryant, he, in fact, wanted to be the Los Angeles Lakers legend.
Tatum, who has the same silky smooth midrange jumper and impeccable footwork that made the Black Mamba one of the NBA’s most dynamic scorer, trained with his idol this summer. Between sharpening his offensive arsenal and what probably was some in-depth conversation about mental fortitude, Bryant offered a bit of advice to the young star.
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