June 15, 2024


“I’ve spent nearly seven years of my life — I am 25, that is a giant chunk of my life — within the metropolis of Boston.”

Jayson Tatum has spent most of his grownup life in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
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Jayson Tatum has spent the final six years of his life in Boston. And these days, he’s beginning to actually really feel like part of the neighborhood.

The Celtics famous person ahead grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He performed faculty basketball at Duke, however just for one season. So, previous to the 2017 NBA draft, Tatum didn’t have a lot attachment to anywhere aside from St. Louis and the encircling space.

The Celtics selected him, they usually introduced him to Massachusetts. However, the longer Tatum stays in Boston, the extra he considers it his house, too.

“When you consider it, I purchased my first house in Boston. I purchased my first automotive, my son was born in Boston,” Tatum stated throughout the Celtics’ media day. “I’ve spent nearly seven years of my life — I’m 25, that’s a giant chunk of my life — within the metropolis of Boston. I’ve grown to construct a variety of relationships, away from the group … those that I do know in Boston.

“I’ve had so many nice reminiscences right here, that I’d say over the past 12 months and a half or two, that I’ve actually felt like I used to be part of Boston. And that’s a hell of a sense.”

Tatum arrived in Boston when he was solely 19 years previous. Practically his total grownup life occurred within the metropolis. It didn’t take lengthy for him to embrace being a Boston Celtic, however being a Bostonian is a unique enviornment.

The Celtics signed Tatum to a 5-year extension in 2020 that ties him to Boston till at the least the 2024-25 season, with a participant choice in 2025-26. The Celtics will undoubtedly attempt to preserve him in Boston for much longer than that, and it appears Tatum could be very happy to remain. In September, he stated he needs to be on the Celtics’ Mount Rushmore.

Tatum’s fellow Bostonians are actually hoping he sticks round some time longer, and brings an NBA Championship again to the town for the primary time since 2008.