Celtics’ Jayson Tatum on playing at Disney World: ‘Still not excited, not thrilled’
But that doesn’t mean Tatum is eager to go to Disney World.
Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston:
Jayson Tatum says he was “very unsure” going to on Orlando, said he’s “still not excited, not thrilled” with idea — especially being apart from his son and family. “I miss playing basketball, I miss competing.” Said he didn’t make a decision until recent days.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) July 7, 2020
Jayson Tatum said the league’s insurance policy “didn’t really affect — in a good or bad way — my decision [to go to Orlando].” Said injury risk didn’t really factor into his decision, it was mostly family concerns that left him leery.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) July 7, 2020
Jayson Tatum: “That's one thing I am excited about: Just seeing everybody again. Guys got new haircuts, guys look different … Knowing we’re going to be able to go out there and compete again. That makes it worth it."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) July 7, 2020
Jayson Tatum: “If we’re going to go down there, we might as well try to win a championship."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) July 7, 2020
I don’t blame Tatum one bit. Players are facing tight lifestyle restrictions, including be separated from their families and friends for weeks. Coronavirus is an ever-present threat. There’s a very important protest movement sweeping the country.
Who can easily focus on basketball at a time like this?
Of course, Tatum decided the pros outweigh the cons. The money is substantial (for players collectively more so than Tatum individually, though there’s a case for all players to do their part for each other), and the Celtics have a chance to win a championship.
But before coronavirus, Tatum thought he’d get that money and title opportunity. The only new aspects are the downsides.
I appreciate Tatum’s openness about the situation. He’s certainly not alone in feeling this way.
Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions. It’s just the unfortunate reality of the pandemic.