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Jayson Tatum finds inspiration to add new tattoos in his family

Jayson Tatum finds inspiration to add new tattoos in his family

BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum was no different than a lot of kids growing up when it came to his father, Justin Tatum.

The younger Tatum wanted to be just like pops, all the way down to being a big-time basketball talent (his dad played in college at St. Louis and later, overseas), to rocking a bunch of tattoos — just like Dad.  

Jayson Tatum has a new addition to his tattoo collection, the most recent being unveiled on Friday night when the Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers.

The latest Tatum tattoo is one in which his high school jersey and college jerseys are overlapped, on his calf.


Boston had not played since Tuesday’s win over Cleveland, so Tatum took the extra time in between to get a tattoo.

Tatum has a handful of other tattoos, including one to honor his mother Brandy Cole as well as his son, Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr.

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While they both serve as daily motivation and inspiration for Tatum, the whole idea of honoring them by way of a tattoo began with his dad.

“I always wanted to be like my dad so I always wanted to get tattoos,” Tatum said.

He recalls getting tattoos for his wrists right before the start of his rookie season.

“And it hurt so bad, I was like I’m never doing it again,”  Tatum said. “But then I had a son so that was my next tattoo. I wanted something to compliment this leg. Then I got a picture of my mom.”

And the ideas for new tattoos will continue to come and go for Tatum, all in some way connected to who is and what he values most.

But there is a downside to getting tattoos that Tatum has no hesitation about bringing up.

“They hurt though, every time, they hurt,” Tatum said.

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NBA Power Rankings: Trade winds are starting to pick up

NBA Power Rankings: Trade winds are starting to pick up

Though we often think about NBA trade rumors closer towards the February trade deadline, there a handful of teams that might be open to moving players they signed this past summer, moves that can be executed after December 15. 

Teams look to strike for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to add a talent that they think can take to another stratosphere in terms of their play, to clear salary cap space going forward, or to add what may be the missing piece for a run at the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Much of the talk surrounding the Boston Celtics and what they need to do to get better revolves around the center position. Multiple league sources have indicated the Celtics are open to the idea if a team wants to talk, but they are not aggressively looking to made a trade … yet. 

“You just never really know with Danny,” a league executive told NBC Sports Boston. “A ‘no’ on a deal today, could become a ‘hey, let’s do it’ tomorrow depending on if circumstances play out that make doing a deal a logical, sensible move to make."

And as deals get talked about and eventually completed, it also will impact where teams stack up in our weekly power rankings.

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Marcus Smart out, Al Horford questionable for Celtics-76ers showdown

Marcus Smart out, Al Horford questionable for Celtics-76ers showdown

The Boston Celtics will be without one of their most important players Thursday night when they host the rival Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden.

Smart, who's dealing with a left eye infection, was officially ruled out by the C's early Thursday afternoon. The veteran guard has missed the last two games, including Wednesday night's road loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The encouraging injury news for Boston is that Gordon Hayward is probable. He got whacked in the face during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game and didn't return.

Second-year center Robert Williams' absence also will be felt. The 76ers have a big frontcourt with plenty of size and length, headlined by star center Joel Embiid and power forward Al Horford. The Celtics don't have a ton of depth at center, and with Williams out, expect Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis to play the majority of the minutes against Embiid.

Speaking of Horford, he's questionable to play in his first game back in Boston since he left the Celtics to sign with the 76ers in July as a free agent.

Thursday's game is the second meeting of the season between these rivals. The Sixers beat the Celtics in Philadelphia on opening night. Boston is 10-0 at home.

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