Celtics’ Jayson Tatum admits he was close to tears after All-Star selection
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was emotional after learning that he had been selected as a member of this season’s Eastern Conference All-Star team, according to a report from Jay King of The Athletic.
Tatum, who’s now in his third season of service with the Celtics, admitted that he nearly cried after hearing that he will serve as an All-Star reserve:
Jayson Tatum said he thought he might cry — but didn’t — after learning he was named an All-Star. Said he may still cry later.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 31, 2020
Other Eastern Conference reserves for the 2020 All-Star Game include Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Bam Adebayo and Domas Sabonis:
Sources: 2020 NBA All-Star reserves:
East: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domas Sabonis
West: Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2020
Lakers superstar LeBron James will serve as captain of the Eastern Conference team, while Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead the West. Interestingly, several notable players were “snubbed” from this season’s festivities, including Zach LaVine, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Paul George, DeMar Derozan, Derrick Rose and Tatum’s Celtics teammate, Jaylen Brown.
Tatum, now 21 years of age, is enjoying a fine season with the Celtics, who are currently holding a 32-15 overall record. He’s made 43 appearances, racking up averages of 21.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting from the field (36.3 percent from beyond the arc), 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 33.7 minutes per outing.
The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will tip off on Feb. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET inside the United Center in Chicago. The NBA has said that they will restructure he format of the game in an attempt to honor Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash last weekend.
For a full list of the events planned for this season’s All-Star break, interested fans can head over to this link from ESPN.