“If you don’t play hard, I won’t watch, Jayson Tatum!”: Celtics star reveals how his mother trash-talks him during NBA innings

Jayson Tatum has faced a lot of criticism lately, however, it’s a myth to think his mother is doing it to him. The Boston Celtics clearly need this as they have dipped below the .500 mark once again.

The Boston Celtics suffered a heavy loss to the Golden State Warriors last night despite taking the lead in fourth place. They have some Covid casualties but both sides are dealing with injuries and it is an even game.

Stephen Curry et al completely dominated them in the first half, especially after running 21-6 in the second half. The Cs responded with a bit of work of their own in the third installment to overcome the double-digit deficit. However, Golden State’s defensive unit ultimately won the game in the final QT.

At this rate, the Celtics will only be able to make it to the knockout stages with no chance of winning the championship this season.

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His mother’s negative motivation is clearly working on Jayson Tatum

In a recent interview with ESPN’s Sage Steele, the 2x almighty star opened up about the criticism he’s faced for his alleged lack of leadership. Jayson Tatum is constantly compared to Kevin Garnett for not having the same style on the field. The 23-year-old thinks that each individual has a different way of handling things and he has nothing to do with speaking out publicly.

He even talked about head coaching and other executive-level changes in the Celtics organization and how the players have adapted to that. The funniest part of the interview was when Tatum revealed his mother’s reaction to spending a lonely night.

“She would say, ‘if you’re not aggressive, let me know. I’ll turn off the TV’. I would say, ‘Every match is two halves’. She would be like, “Well, play both.”

We can expect moms to always keep that honest with their kids, even if they’re NBA superstars. He says a bad quarter is enough for his mother to pick up the phone and let her son know how she feels about it.

This could very well be the only chance the Boston Celtics have to regain the position they had in the winter split two seasons ago. Since Kyrie Irving’s departure in 2019, there hasn’t been a clear leader on the team despite Jayson Tatum being their superstar.

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Britta Zeltmann

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