For all the jokes about Jayson Tatum’s toddler being a future star of the Boston Celtics, it might actually be in the works.
The 23-year-old All-Star has been vocal about his excitement to have Deuce back at games this season. And it looks like that feeling towards basketball is mutual for the three-year-old Celtics fan favorite.
“Recently, he’s wanted to play basketball more on his hoop,” Tatum said Monday in a Reddit AMA.
“As he’s gotten a little older and since fans have been allowed he’s been coming to the home games, and the last couple weeks, he’s really been trying to get me to play basketball with him, shoot with him and show him how to dribble. I didn’t want to force him, but always thought that he’s going to be around it so much’ so if he ever picks the ball up and wants to’ obviously I’ll be more than happy to play with him and teach him. And that’s started to happen a lot recently around the house.”
Deuce constantly is starring in his father’s Snapchat stories, and a toy basketball hoop has been involved in playtime a lot more of late, it appears.
It only seems right, as Deuce was born not long after Tatum was drafted into the NBA.
“I have a lot of help with my mom and his mom, they make it easier for all of us so it’s a collective effort,” Tatum said of balancing parenting and being a professional athlete.
“But I don’t really look at it as a balancing thing. Maybe it was at first/ because I had a kid 2/3 months after I got drafted so that was all new, just being in the NBA and also being a parent. But now, it’s just what I do. It’s my everyday life.”