Jayson Tatum shares what he immediately did after testing negative for coronavirus
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum shared a locker room with veteran shooting guard Marcus Smart, who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) last month. With that said, it was only understandable that the Duke product was nervous about his own results.
However, when Tatum found out he tested negative for the infectious disease, he could not wait to reunite with his young son and embrace the two-year-old Jayson Jr., “Deuce.”
“It felt good just to hear that the test came back negative, so that was a sigh of relief,” the Celtics star. “And then as soon as I got the text (about the negative result), I just got in the car and went to go pick him up.
“I don’t know what he thought. I definitely talked to him every day and at night when he went to sleep. His mom would send me videos of him just walking around, he would give her the phone and he would just keep saying ‘Daddy! Daddy! Can you call him? I want to talk to him!’ He definitely was missing me and wondering where I was.”
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Prior to the NBA suspension, Jayson Tatum was averaging 23.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc. He turned into a bona fide star with the Celtics, making his first All-Star team this 2019-20.
However, it was undoubtedly a major scare for the team when Smart was found to be positive for COVID-19. Eventually, the whole team was tested and Smart was found to be the lone member of the Boston franchise to test positive for the virus that has already afflicted millions and killed thousand of people worldwide and in the United States
Tatum played it safe to protect his son, so one could only imagine his excitement to hold his toddler again after it was deemed safe for him and his family.