Jayson Tatum explains why he's not excited about going into NBA bubble, but ultimately will play

Ryan Hannable
July 07, 2020 - 1:24 pm
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A few weeks ago it was reported Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was hesitant about playing in the NBA's restart.

Speaking via Zoom to reporters Tuesday, Tatum explained his thought process and why he ultimately will be participating.

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"I don’t think I made a decision until probably a few days ago," he said. "There’s a multitude of reasons why I wasn’t comfortable, still not excited about it, not thrilled. Obviously with what we’re fighting for against racism and social injustice and equality. Obviously, the virus is still very well and alive and continues to rise in Florida.

"For me, just being away from my son for two or three months, that is what’s bothering me. Knowing that he is only 2.5 (years old) and especially when they are that young and their growth, they change every week -- knowing I am going to miss out on that. Missing my mom, missing my family. It’s been tough. Obviously, I missed playing basketball. I missed competing. But, all those reasons and thoughts came to my mind about not going and not playing.

“I decided to play obviously because we’re going to try and compete for a championship, but hopefully this is a great opportunity to continue to raise awareness and be apart of history as we continue the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against racism. Hopefully this is going to help. A lot of people are going to be watching. I think we can make a stand, continue to raise awareness and not let the conversation die down.”

The Celtics will return July 31 against the Bucks.