Tatum wanted to be Kobe when he grew up: 'I used to hate Boston'
“I used to hate Boston,” Tatum admitted on The Ringers' "The Bill Simmons Podcast" Friday.
Don't worry, Celtics fans; the promising second-year forward quickly added that his allegiances now lie firmly in Massachusetts.
"When I was like four or five, (...) my mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I got older, and I would just be like, ‘I wanna be Kobe,’" Tatum explained. "She’d be like, ‘You wanna be in the NBA?’ ‘No,’ like, I wanna be Kobe.' He was just my favorite player. I had his posters, all his jerseys. That was my guy."
Tatum's affinity toward Bryant didn't end when he joined the Celtics, however. The 20-year-old met with the Black Mamba last season while being spotlighted in Bryant's "Detail" series, and the two also worked out together last month:
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