Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving hoping for injury free season
Jayson Tatum is optimistic about Kyrie Irving’s impending return to the court. The Boston Celtics talisman recently held a kids’ basketball camp with Irving in July and was encouraged by what he saw during his time with the All-Star point man.
“Just hoping that everyone comes back healthy and stays healthy,” said Tatum, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. “I think that’s what everybody in the organization just wishes for. What would it look like when we have our full team? And hopefully it stays like that for the entire season.”
The Celtics got within one game of the NBA Finals, but fell short at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers — a story that would have likely played out very differently with Irving and Gordon Hayward on the court to help.
Hayward suffered a scarring freak injury in the opening minutes of the season-opener against the Cavs, while Irving missed the latter part of the season with knee injury complications, ultimately opting to undergo a clean-up procedure to remove remnants from his initial surgery in 2015
Irving is bound to hit the ground running after having had the entire offseason to recover from his surgery, but Tatum has been ultimately encouraged by what he’s seen and heard from Irving.
“I talked to him. He’s been feeling great,” said Tatum. “I’m excited. Obviously he can’t wait to get back out there to be with us, and we can’t wait to have him.”
The Celtics could be loaded by the start of the season and if they click on all cylinders, they could take the Eastern Conference by storm with a wide-open road ahead of them.