- 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
Would’ve been more wholesome if he kept it to himself but the fact he posted it for everyone to see shows he’s making it about himself.
— Frankie (@frankNbeans33) May 30, 2022
Not only is it cringe to do this but bruh really went and posted the screenshot https://t.co/5yKvXyXmOV
— Prince Vegeta (@ItsPresh_Frince) May 30, 2022
Him texting him is cool. Posting the screenshot is weird tho https://t.co/8fTdmHUfpL
— YSL 🅿️reston Williams Szn (@Boring99183) May 30, 2022
I hate calling shit corny, but yeah this a bit too much even for me lmao. https://t.co/maKbCwbwgA
— RB (#1 Celtics Fan) (@RyB_311) May 30, 2022
I’m sorry but this is corny and tacky af, let that man RIP https://t.co/bvJvdRYC3k
— taj 🗽🇧🇷🇯🇲🇺🇸🔴⚪️⚫️🟢🟡 (@TAJUTD10) May 30, 2022
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.