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Tatum: Working out with Kobe 'was a dream come true'

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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, so getting the opportunity to work out with the Los Angeles Lakers legend this summer was something he won't soon forget.

Tatum spoke about the "surreal" experience in an interview with Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

"That was a dream come true," Tatum said. "Him always being my favorite player, and getting an opportunity to chat with him and just get in the gym with him, it was a surreal moment."

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Tatum said he and Kobe discussed both the mental and physical side of the game during the workout.

"Really just getting into his mindset, how he thought as a player and as a young player, just trying to get better and better each year in the league," Tatum said. "(We talked about) what he did to make those things happen and how he was so successful.

"... We just talked about those minor few (footwork) things while we were working out. We did a lot of post moves and things like that, so I had a pretty good feel for everything he showed me, just maybe a few changes here and there."

In May, Tatum surpassed Bryant to become the youngest NBA player to ever score 20-plus points in four straight playoff games at the age of 20 years and 61 days.

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