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Jayson Tatum opens up about his future with the Boston Celtics and his relationship with Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum

Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum opened about his relationship with Jaylen Brown and why he believes they can achieve great things together with the Boston Celtics.

The importance of being on the same team

After a slow start into the new season, where it was evident something is not working properly with the Boston Celtics system, the team turned it around big time in the last couple of weeks. The Celtics are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are a big part of that surge, playing like a genuine dynamic duo everyone hoped for them to be.

In a recent episode of the JJ Redick podcast, Tatum talked about the rumors regarding his relationship with Brown. There was constant news about the Celtic's desire to trade Brown and make more room for Tatum for the past year or so, but that never happened. On the other hand, many fans and NBA analysts are unsure whether Brown and Tatum could coexist on the same team since they both essentially play the same positions.

For Tatum, there was never any question on how great a player Brown was, and he believes they can bring the best out of each other. Tatum thinks that it would be best for them personally and the Celtics as a team to continue to play together and grow as a team.

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"There's a handful of guys that can go from any team and be who they are. But there's a majority of guys that I think the right situation brings out the best in them. And JB was a rookie then, they had a lot of veteran guys, so he didn't get much opportunity. And that's all I really credit to a slower start [to his career]. But he's one of the most hard-working guys that I know, and I think the best thing, for his career and mine, is being on the same team and, you know, relatively same age and position, and pushing each other. Just every day, in the games and in practice, working out together, I think that's been very beneficial for both of us."

They had an honest conversation

Trade rumors and talks about the internal problems the Celtics are facing can negatively impact the overall chemistry within the team. Tatum admits he had a lot of conversations about Brown about their future and desire to be on the same team. They both concluded they wanted to make this work and find a way to regain their success when they initially took over the team as best players and leaders.

"Yeah, we've had plenty of talks. I think it's really picked up this year. Especially in the beginning of the season. We had plenty of talks, we ask each other like 'You want to be here?', and we both was like 'Yeah!', and he was like 'Bro, I don't understand...", and I was like 'Man, if you really think about it, we've had way more success together than this year and what we didn't accomplish last year' - JB's been to three conference finals, I've been to two. Like you said, I think we're both still very far from our prime. I think what people don't understand is, you want to break us up, the grass is not always greener... there's not a lot of guys in the NBA like JB. Or if you want to get rid of me, not to toot my own horn, I think I'm one of the best players, so I couldn't imagine why you wouldn't want to have two of the best players that are under 25 on your team. Yeah, there's certain rough patches throughout a season, but we've won way more games together than we've lost."

The Boston Celtics are currently sitting at the 7th spot in a very competitive eastern conference winning 9 out of their last 10 games. Both Brown and Tatum are playing some of the best basketball in their careers, and it seemed their head coach Ime Udoka found a system in which the ball movement is much better than before, which essentially benefits Brown and Tatum even more. The Celtics, unfortunately, missed out on getting more players through trades and don't look deep on paper, but they are playing great basketball at the moment.

It's great to hear both Brown and Tatum are committed to the goal of staying together and trying to make things work on the Celtics. It's always easy to leave, but to work on building something long-term is a challenging process that could pay off big time for everyone. If the Celtics know their two best players are committed in that way, then it's time for the front office to get them the additional help they need to have another shot at the NBA title. 

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