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Jayson Tatum: I haven’t touched a basketball since Celtics’ last game

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers on March 10, 2020 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jayson Tatum keeps one-upping Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Tatum said James Harden should’ve gotten MVP last year over Antetokounmpo, who actually won the award.

Antetokounmpo said he doesn’t have access to a hoop during the NBA’s coronavirus-forced shutdown. Tatum said he didn’t even have a ball.

Rachel Nichols of ESPN:


I haven’t been able to touch a basketball since our last game at Indiana. I’ve got stuff to work out at home and cardio and weights and stuff. But, yeah, I haven’t played basketball in a long time.

Health is a big concern whenever this hiatus ends.

So is rust.

Daryl Morey is right: This will be uncomfortable. Imagine how long it’d take for players like Tatum to reach peak performance after not even dribbling for more than a month. There isn’t time for that. When the NBA can resume making major money, it will (and should).