Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Reveals the Only Player He Talks Trash To in the NBA

Published 01/09/2021, 4:15 AM CST
DURHAM, NC – MAY 31: Former Duke basketball player Jayson Tatum sits down for SiriusXM’s Town Hall With Hall Of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Bill Brill Media Room in Cameron Indoor Stadium on May 31, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images for SiriusXM)


Something that is seen almost as a rite of passage in the NBA is trash-talking. It has a massive cult in the league with the likes of Kevin Garnett and Charles Barkley among a few popular exponents. However, it is not something that Jayson Tatum is very fond of.

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The Boston Celtics‘ forward seldom engages in any verbal volleys with his opponents. Rather, he prefers to keep to himself and let his game do all the talking for him. Though, he makes an exception for one particular player in the NBA.

That man is none other than his childhood friend, Bradley Beal. Both of these superstars competed in Boston Celtics’ 116-107 win against Washington Wizards. Tatum put up 32 points while Beal conjured an impressive 41 points in a losing cause.

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Bradley Beal enters at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) via Getty Images

The two of them could be seen going at each other in the game. However, it was all just some playful banter. When Boston Celtics’ insider Chris Forsberg asked Tatum ‘if they were jawing at each other out there’, Tatum said –

“Yeah, we talked the whole time. That’s the only time I really talk (trash talk) in the NBA when I play, is when I play against him (Beal). Normally I don’t say anything to anybody but from tip-off, me and him talking to the end of the game.”

Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal go a long way back

The guard and the forward have a special bond that they formed before their exploits in the NBA. Both come from the small town of St. Louis where they attended the same high school, five years apart. And in the photo below, taken in 2014, they pose together with Beal in the center and Tatum far right –

 

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That’s just the proof of their bromance, which is also continuing in the NBA. After the game, Tatum said

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“That’s what I dreamed about – just playing against my big brother in the NBA. I cherish every game that we get to play together. It’s always special; I love competing against him.”

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It is heartwarming to see two simple blokes from the same town realize their dreams of playing in the NBA together. Even though now they are rivals in the Eastern Conference, that respect is still there. It is a healthy battle and long may it continue.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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