Jayson Tatum receives advice from Mike Krzyzewski

Gabby Guerard
August 08, 2019 - 11:46 am

When former Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski visited training camp Wednesday in Las Vegas, Jayson Tatum was thrilled.

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He and Krzyzewski’s time was cut short at Duke, given that Tatum only played one season before being drafted by the Celtics, so any opportunity to work together goes a long way for the 21-year-old.

“It’s great. It’s like old times,” Tatum said, per NBC Sports Boston. “That’s my guy, I’m happy to say. I’m happy he’s here. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him. I talk to him often, but always a pleasure to see Coach.”

“The more experience, the more time I get with Coach – I only got a year with him,” Tatum added. “I’m always thankful to have him when he’s around.”

Tatum raved about their post-practice conversation. But as for what was said – that’ll remain a secret.

“That is confidential, between me and him,” Tatum said. “But it was good. Everything he tells me, he means well. He just wants me to do better and be better. He’s a G.O.A.T., so I always listen to what he has to say.”

Krzyzewski wasn’t Tatum’s only coach who stopped by. Celtics coach Brad Stevens also visited, and had some instructions for Krzyzewski, “Yell at [Tatum] as much as you can, that way I don’t have to.”

Though according to Stevens, after watching his first practice of the week, Tatum may not need a whole lot of yelling, because he’s playing well with Team USA.

“I think he’ll benefit greatly from [the Team USA experience} and I saw it today,” Stevens said. “I thought today was one of his better practices that I’ve watched.”

Following his stint with Team USA, Tatum will embark on his third season with the Celtics, and has high expectations for himself.