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Jayson Tatum gets deeply reflective on his personal growth

Jayson Tatum, Celtics

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has truly developed into of the NBA’s elite players. But of course, stardom comes with plenty of drawbacks, including always being on the radar of fans and observers.

In the digital age, it’s almost impossible for top athletes to evade the limelight, and they’re subject to criticisms whatever they do. For Tatum, it seems he’s learning to use tunnel vision and tune out all the negative noise. While he’s not had a major controversy in his four seasons in the NBA, he’s still not immune from haters. But he said he’s just focused on improving himself, posting on Twitter a very introspective note.

“Lol everyone always has an opinion on what you’re doing/should be doing. Positive comments or negative ones. I ask myself all the time would 13-year-old me be proud of who I am today? Sometimes puts things in perspective of what really matters.”

Wise words, young man.

The 23-year-old Tatum has grown into a leadership role with Celtics, being more vocal last season compared to his previous stints. With the team undergoing a revamp, he will need to share his wisdom more with his new teammates, especially off the floor.

Many NBA stars couldn’t handle the responsibilities that come with popularity. But it’s clear Tatum’s head is in the right place. Hopefully, many other young studs will follow and understand that in the larger scheme of things, having integrity is more important than having talent.

Jayson Tatum knows how hard it is to become an NBA star and he has no time for negative energy.