Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum fired off a rant on load management during an appearance at a youth basketball camp on Tuesday afternoon.
Tatum’s rant was shared by Nike Elite Youth Basketball’s Twitter account.
“Me, I don’t decide –s*** we playing the Hornets tonight, Imma chill. I only get to go to Charlotte two times a year. Somebody paid big money tonight to come watch me play,” Tatum explained. “Like, I’m not trying to be arrogant — like there’s a bunch of kids in there with my shoes and my jersey on. And just because we’re playing Charlotte on NBA League Pass on a Monday and ain’t nobody f***ing watching, I’m not like ‘alright I’m chilling tonight.'”
The 25-year-old superstar went viral on Twitter after the video surfaced. Multiple accounts with large followings shared the clip all over social media. As a result, many fans showed respect for Tatum’s sentiment by giving him props online.
One Twitter user (@ChiefOttoSosa) replied to the original clip and said “Tatum growing on me.”
As for the night in Charlotte that he was talking about, he scored 51 points to help lead the Celtics to a blowout win on a Monday in January.
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum doesn’t take days off
Tatum’s rant is anything but hypocritical. The Boston Celtics star is about as reliable as they come. Last season, he appeared in 74 of Boston’s 82 outings, scoring an average of 30.1 points per game while shooting 46.6% from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc.
Throughout his career it’s been more of the same. The four-time NBA All-Star has missed just 43 regular-season contests over the course of six seasons as a pro.
Tatum should have no issue ensuring that he’s eligible for the league’s accolades in years to come. Under the new CBA players are required to take the floor 65 times in an 82-game season in order to qualify.
That’s a mark that the former Duke star has missed just one time — playing 64 games in the 2020-21 campaign, which was shortened to just 72 contests.