Kobe Bryant is one of the defining figures in NBA history. His thirst for greatness and his competitive spirit inspired legions of basketball players past and present. Including Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum.
Kobe worked with Tatum on his game from time to time and imparted some of his vast knowledge of the NBA to the young Boston swingman.
In Game 4 of the Celtics series against the Nets on Monday, Tatum wore a pair of Mamba-skinned Kobe shoes that included a very inspirational statement Kobe said to the Celtics star.
“How much does this mean to you? appears on the back of one of the shoes in gold writing. The other tab contains the message “Keep it rollin'”.
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Having a Boston Celtics player wear custom shoes with purple and gold accents during a playoff game shows just how much Kobe Bryant inspired the younger generation during his playing days.
Tatum wasn’t shy about paying tribute either. The winger also posted a photo on his Instagram story of him tying the boots before Boston’s Game 4.
In fact, Tatum’s profile picture is him mirroring the famous shot of Bryant lying on the court with a basketball behind his head.
It wasn’t the first Kobe tribute for Tatum either. During the Tokyo Olympics, the All-NBA striker wore Kobe’s jersey jersey number 10 to honor the Lakers legend.
All of that advice from Kobe seems to be paying off. Tatum led the way for the Celtics on a Brooklyn Nets sweep of Kevin Durant.