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Celtics executive defends Jayson Tatum, calling the anonymous criticism ‘a joke’

Celtics executive defends Jayson Tatum, calling the anonymous criticism ‘a joke’

  • Celtics
Dec 03
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  • SportsWriters

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens recently responded to an anonymous criticism aimed towards star player Jayson Tatum that claimed he cared more about personal scoring rather than actually winning a game.

The criticism was made public by Tim Bontemps of ESPN who quoted an unnamed assistant coach in the Eastern Conference as saying: “Jayson Tatum is about Jayson Tatum. I don’t think he cares about winning now, and if he does, it is on his terms. He doesn’t want to score 15 and win. He wants to score 39 and win.”

Stevens responded to the comment when appearing in a broadcast of “Toucher and Rich,” saying that whoever criticized his star player anonymously was a coward and that the comment was nonsense.

“If you can’t put your name on it, don’t say it,” Stevens said. “There is no way that assistant coach would put his name on that quote because, first of all, he has never been around Jayson. And, secondly, Jayson would kill him every time he played him for the rest of his career. That’s the way those guys in this league are wired.

“I take it with such a grain of salt,” he continued. “To me, that line was a joke because I’m around (Tatum) every day. You look at him, he plays, he’s available, he competes, he’s got a lot on his plate. He’s done a lot more in his first five years in the league than most of the league, right? Totally, totally wrong in that guy’s assessment. I thought that quote was absolutely ridiculous, to be honest.”

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