Jayson Tatum admits Celtics players weren’t on the same page all season long
In the Good N’ Plenty podcast with Jeff Goodman, Tatum said their lack of chemistry on and off a court lasted all season long. And it clearly affected their performance. As transcribed by Tom Westerholm of Mass Live, Tatum said:
“We did have a lot of talent, a lot of lot of guys,” Tatum told Goodman. “I don’t know what people believe on the outside, but we had a lot of good guys. Everybody wanted to win. Everybody wanted to make it work, but I don’t know if we knew how to exactly do that. We all got along great, on the plane, off the court, but even watching film, it didn’t necessarily look like we were all on the page during the games.
However, Tatum did not point fingers. For him, it was their job as a team to work on their chemistry. It was not the head coach nor the front office’s fault.
And it’s not one person’s fault. It’s not Brad’s fault, or Danny’s fault, we all played a part. People can blame the GM and the coach, but we still had to go out there and perform and do our job, and like I said, we didn’t always do it.”
Tatum’s comments came in after a disappointing end to their season. Much was expected from them as they didn’t just have a talented roster led by elite guard Kyrie Irving, but they also had an excellent coach in Brad Stevens. But things didn’t work out as planned. Needless to say that there’s a lot that Tatum and company need to work on this summer.