Jayson Tatum Is Getting Roasted For Sharing A Screenshot Of A Text He Sent To Kobe Bryant Prior To Game 7

NBA Fans React To Jayson Tatum Texting Kobe Bryant Before Game 7

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  • The Boston Celtics advanced to their first NBA Finals since 2010.
  • The team is led by 24-year-old forward Jayson Tatum.
  • Tatum, who idolized Kobe Bryant growing up, texted the late Lakers guard prior to the Game 7 victory.

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and the rest of the Boston Celtics — the Eastern Conference’s #2 seed — punched their ticket to the NBA Finals on Sunday night with a road win over the #1 seeded Miami Heat, beating Jimmy Butler and co. by a score of 100-96.

The win is being hailed as a crowning moment in Tatum’s career, as the 24-year-old forward — who averaged 27 points, eight rebounds, and four assists per game this season — has long been considered one of the league’s up-and-coming superstars.

Tatum was wearing a purple armband with a gold #24 stitched in

to it during the game, an obvious tribute to the late, great Kobe Bryant, who passed away in 2020. The pair had a relationship prior to Bryant’s tragic death, with the pair famously working out together during the summer of 2018.

In addition to the armband, Tatum revealed that he also texted the late Lakers legend prior to the game, simply saying “I got you today.”

The reaction from the NBA world, though, perhaps isn’t what Tatum expected, as some fans seem to think he’s doing a bit too much by making this public. And that’s the price of being an athlete, isn’t it? While we’re certainly all posted something borderline cringeworthy online, when someone of fame does it, everyone takes notice.

NBA fans roast Jayson Tatum for revealing that he texted Kobe Bryant’s old phone number prior to Game 7

The Celtics will head to California to take on Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the Golden State Warriors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which tips off on Thursday at 9 p.m. EST.

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