‘This Feeling is Priceless’: Jayson Tatum Reacts To Allen Iverson’s Comparisons of Him and Kobe Bryant

Published 01/26/2021, 5:15 AM EST
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates after defeating the Toronto Raptors in game seven of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Kobe Bryant is the gold standard for measuring one’s talent and ability in the NBA. Anytime a player is compared to him, you know you are on the path of superstardom. In today’s league, Jayson Tatum is one such player who evokes comparisons to the late great Mamba.

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His game not only mirrors Kobe but he also worships the former Los Angeles Lakers guard. So, when former league MVP Allen Iverson sang his praises in Bryant’s name, it floored him. AI was discussing Tatum along with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their ‘All the Smoke’ podcast.

WALTHAM, MA – JUNE 20: The Boston Celtics try out Kobe Bryant as coaches look on. (Photo by Tom Landers/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

“Jayson Tatum, Dawg! Dawg!” said the former Philadelphia 76ers man. “He got a lot of Kobe in him too,” Stephen Jackson remarked. “Yeah, you could tell. You could tell he was working with Kobe,” Iverson agreed.

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While this conversation is four months old, Tatum came across it only recently. Watch his reaction below –

Jayson Tatum’s workouts with Kobe Bryant

The Boston Celtics forward grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant and wanted to share the court one day. So his dream came true in the summer of 2018 when he got a chance to work out with Kobe after he completed his rookie year in the NBA.

It is no wonder that he came back after the season with more weapons added to his offensive arsenal. His fadeaway jumper is straight out of the Mamba’s textbook.

Jayson Tatum made his Celtics return with aplomb against Chicago Bulls

A COVID infection ruled out Jayson Tatum for NBA games when he contracted the deadly virus after the game against the Washington Wizards almost 15 days ago. But thankfully for them, he made his return last night in due time after their drubbing at the hands of the 76ers.

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And it looked like he was never away. Surprisingly, he played without a minutes restriction against the Chicago Bulls. He recorded 24 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes of on-court action helping the Celtics break their three-game losing streak.

Kobe Bryant of USA during the Mens Basketball Preliminary Round, Group A match between USA and Tunisia as part of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games at the Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, London, England, UK on August 31st, 2012. Photo: Gary Prior/Visionhaus (Photo by Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images)

Perhaps the comparisons to Kobe Bryant are appropriate. If he keeps playing like this, MVPs and NBA championships will await him; the best way to honor his hero.

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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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