Training camps are about to open up across the NBA, and that means it is time for players to seriously ramp up their training and preparation for the new season.
One of the stars under the most pressure for the 2023-24 campaign is Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, who has endured some difficult losses deep in the playoffs the last two years.
The Celtics’ official Twitter account posted a video of Tatum in the gym getting ready for battle this fall.
he’s here and he’s ready to hoop pic.twitter.com/iggT0Qjce1
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 19, 2023
Tatum, who recently turned 25 years of age, is one of the game’s best talents, and his ability to score in iso situations and bail his team out with long, contested jumpers is something to behold.
Last season, he put up a career-high 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists a game while helping Boston finish with 57 wins, the second-most in the Eastern Conference.
Many felt they had a great shot at winning it all once the playoffs started, but they ended up falling behind, 3-0, in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat.
The Celtics somehow fought back and forced a seventh game back home, and they seemingly had everything going for them in that contest.
But Tatum scored only 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, and they suffered a stunning blowout loss in Game 7, ending their season.
Playing his best when the stakes are at their highest is the one thing Tatum hasn’t done yet — he also played poorly in the Celtics’ six-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals.
He will have a revamped roster around him, as Marcus Smart and Grant Williams are gone while ultra-skilled but oft-injured star center Kristaps Porzingis will now be wearing the green and white.
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