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"S**t, on Twitter, like everybody else." — Jayson Tatum on how he found out about Ime Udoka's suspension

Tatum, who mentioned that he developed a close bond with Udoka, also revealed that he hasn't spoken to his head coach since the suspension was reported.
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka talks with forward Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum and Ime Udoka

One of the biggest differences between this and the past generation is how news is consumed. Back then, NBA executives and players had to rely on the newspaper to read about their opponent's business and affairs. These days, similar to how reality has become, players hear about the news that involves them firsthand via social media. It's precisely what happened to Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum when he learned about his head coach's suspension.

Jayson Tatum found out how you and I did

Tatum found out about Ime Udoka's suspension via Twitter when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the head coach was accused of being involved in an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff. Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, was suspended indefinitely as his status remains uncertain moving forward.

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Tatum, who mentioned that he developed a close bond with Udoka, also revealed that he hasn't spoken to his head coach since the suspension was reported. Tatum's goal is to move on and start fresh as the Celtics season tip-offs in less than a month, but the All-Star admitted that he and his teammates remain confused and overwhelmed about what's going on.

"I guess I feel like everybody else. It's a lot to process. Unexpected especially coming into the season when you feel a certain way... It's just a lot if I'm being honest," Tatum said in his media day press conference.

Tatum's offseason

After losing to the Golden State Warriors in 6 games, Tatum said that he was in a miserable place during the first few days of the offseason. The 3-time All-Star revealed that he didn't want to talk and go out of his house because of the pain he had to deal with of losing the chance to secure his 1st NBA championship.

"It's just tough," Tatum said. "I feel like sometimes I come off so laid back, that I don't know if people understand how much I invest in this game. How much I care, how hard I work... It was just so tough because I literally gave everything that I had. To feel like I ran out, like I didn't have anything left to give, and we were so close... I didn't want to talk, I didn't want to go anywhere. I was just in my house for 3-4 days straight," Tatum added in an interview with Bleacher Report.

Unfortunately for Tatum, Udoka's suspension added more drama to start the season, which could significantly affect a championship contender. Before Udoka's suspension went public, Boston was perceived to be one of the top contenders this season, but in a snap of a finger, the state of the team is now full of distraught. 

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