Jayson Tatum discloses text message he sent Kobe Bryant before Game 7 of ECF: ‘I got you today’

Peter Dewey
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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum revealed that he sent the late Kobe Bryant a text message prior to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday night.

Tatum led the Celtics to a victory in Game 7, and he kept the promise that he made to Bryant over text. Tatum idolized and trained with Bryant when the Los Angeles Lakers legend was still alive. Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter accident in January of 2020.


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Bryant clearly had a major influence on Tatum as a basketball player and person, and the Celtics star rose to the challenge in Game 7 to take Boston back to the NBA Finals.

Tatum scored 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 7. He also added 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks. Tatum was named the MVP of the Eastern Conference Finals for his play in the series.

In addition to texting Bryant before the game, Tatum wore a purple and gold armband with Bryant’s No. 24 on it.

Bryant, a five-time champion with the Lakers, has left a lasting impact on the game and current generation of players.

Now, Tatum is looking to live up to the amazing career that his idol had by capturing the first NBA title of his career.

The Celtics will face the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry in the NBA Finals. Game 1 of the Finals is set to tip off on Thursday, June 2.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.