Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum was one of many NBA players who missed time last season because of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the after-effects of the virus hit him harder than others, with Tatum even having problems breathing and revealing that he had to use an inhaler for a short period.
During media day on Tuesday however, the Celtics forward said that he is no longer feeling any effects from the virus. Via Keith Smith:
Jayson Tatum said he no longer needs to use an inhaler after having COVID. He said he didn't use it over the summer with Team USA.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 28, 2021
It's not like he looked any weaker on the court for the Celtics anyway, but it's great news to know he is feeling 100%. Tatum is fresh off a gold medal with Team USA in Tokyo and also had a tremendous campaign in 2020-21, averaging a career-high 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on 38% shooting from the field.
Tatum is fully vaccinated now and will be looking to lead Boston to a much better season. They just snuck into the playoffs and lost to the Nets in the first round, but injuries played a huge part. Jaylen Brown is back and healthy, while the Celtics also added Dennis Schroder to their backcourt on a one-year deal.
Tatum discussed how he understood the skepticism to get the vaccine because you should be in charge of what you put in your body:
“I mean, it’s your own decision,” the Celtics star said. “I fully understand the concerns of those who aren’t vaccinated that don’t want to, and I understand the people like myself that did. It’s your own personal health and your reason. Nobody should be judged one way or the other, whatever their decision is.”
But, after his nasty bout with the virus, there was clearly no doubt in his mind.