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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum may be among the top NBA stars in the sport, but his 4-year-old son usually steals the show from him once the game is over.
Tatum on Tuesday, ahead of the Celtics’ Game 3 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, opened up about what it meant to him to become a father at such a young age and when his own career was about to skyrocket.
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“I think 2017 when I got drafted, I didn’t have Deuce, but he was born in 2017 so that was big, that was the biggest year of my life, right? Starting this new chapter in my career, I just had a child,” Tatum told reporters. “My mindset was not to sacrifice either, that I was going to be the best father as I could as well as the best basketball player. There was no guideline or there was no exact way to do it. It was all about what was natural.
“I just do what’s natural. I’m around him every day. I think being able to go through this journey together, because I was 19 when I got drafted, it’s kind of like we’re growing up together. As he’s gotten older, I’m going through my career, sharing these moments, experiencing this together as we grow up. I think it’s the coolest part for me.”
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Tatum and his son are always seen together on the court or during their free time when the Celtics guard is away from basketball.
“I think we need more role models like that. Just to have more male fathers be present and things like that, show that you can do both, regardless of whenever you work, whatever your profession is,” he said.
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After Wednesday night’s win, Deuce was greeted by rapper Nelly after the game. The two shared a sweet fist bump.