‘Knocked Over His Wine’: Jayson Tatum Discloses Embarrassing Michael Jordan Story

Published 06/07/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
May 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) attempts a layup against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half of game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics suffered a premature exit from the playoffs this season. After struggling to even make it in, the obvious winners of their first-round were already the Brooklyn Nets. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the Celtics’ prodigy isn’t making waves in the league anymore.

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In fact, Jayson Tatum is considered one of the best young superstars in the league right now. But if someone hears about his first encounter with Michael Jordan, they would be rolling on the floor.

Jayson Tatum embarrassed himself in front of Michael Jordan

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For NBA Players, getting a shoe deal is an inch closer to popularity, but if Michael Jordan‘s brand signs you, you’re automatically linked to greatness as well. Who doesn’t dream of wearing Air Jordan sneakers? And it hasn’t been long since Tatum had the honor to sign a multi-year deal with MJ’s brand.

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However, Tatum revealed the time he embarrassed himself at a Jordan family dinner. It was his introduction night into the brand and Tatum started off, “So it was like Melo was there, Blake was there, Russ, Spike Lee, like everybody was there.” A very nervous Tatum entered and saw Jordan and his wife sitting together.

“I walk in and I was like I’m gonna say ‘what’s up’ to him before I sit down… Then I walk over to him, and like my hands start sweating, and I was like ‘What’s up Mike?’ When I went to go shake his hands, I knocked over his wine glass on the table and it broke.”

Tatum himself burst into laughter after telling this story. And even though Jordan didn’t mind, who would want to knock over the GOAT’s wine glass? Absolutely nobody.

What’s next season for the Celtics?

One of the best franchises in the league couldn’t get past the first round of this year’s postseason. The Boston Celtics were a victim to the injury-riddled season as well, which had Tatum carrying the team on his back.

However, if it wasn’t for his 50-point performance in the third game, the Nets would have had a clean sweep against them. Tatum did all he could to keep the Celtics alive.

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May 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) looks to pass around Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) during the second half of game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Their 2020 NBA campaign may have shown them that they have a lot of decision-making to do. Roster changes may be the need of the hour to guarantee Tatum enough support on the court for the 2021 season.

It’s possible that a rising star like him won’t waste his peak years with a team that doesn’t take him anywhere. Will Jayson have a better supporting cast to rely on next season? Or will this turn into another James Harden and Houston Rockets fiasco?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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