Before Boston’s first-round matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, Jayson Tatum opened up on the times he and Kyrie Irving shared on the court together in the Celtics’ green and the conversations the two have had since the seven-time All-Star’s departure to Brooklyn.
While addressing reporters after practice on Wednesday, Tatum said Irving had expressed how he would have gone about the situation differently.
Jayson Tatum on his time with Kyrie Irving in Boston: “Obviously we’ve talked and there’s some things that he probably told me he wish he could do (or) would’ve done differently.”
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“Obviously, we’ve talked, and there’s some things that he probably told me he wish he could do (or) would’ve done differently,” Tatum said on Wednesday.
The three-time All-Star and former third overall pick in 2017 discussed how Irving’s approach to the game rubbed off on him as a second-year player.
“Just kind of watching a superstar. I got to see him every day, see how he worked, worked on his body, and prepared for games and things like that,” Tatum said. “He’ll be the first to tell me that I can just learn from the encounters that we had.”
Tatum and the No. 2 seeded Celtics’ will face off against the No. 7 seeded Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the first-round on Sunday.