Jayson Tatum is Boston’s best athlete and it’s not even close
THE JAYSON TATUM CONVERSATION…
Bertrand: But on this point that we have discussed on this show already several times, Jayson Tatum is Boston’s best athlete and it’s really not close. There is nobody in town who can get into the conversation in their sport the way Tatum is in the conversation. There is nobody close.
Zolak: Part of the problem with the NBA, is you’ve got 82 games. And, it’s almost a given that the Celtics are going to be a playoffs a playoff team, right? That’s pretty much every year.
And part of the problem is Tatum hasn’t won yet. So he’s in the process of getting there to win. With the Patriots, Belichick is attached to the team. Now, if there was a random coach here, nobody would care about the Pats.
It’s the whole Belichick dynamic that keeps it alive.
Bertrand: I would agree with that, but for Tatum, the unfortunate part for him is that he is coming into the Boston sports scene at a really bad time. He wants to be a superstar.
Bertrand: Like Ortiz, Brady, and Bergeron, but to a lesser degree.
Zolak: Tatum’s is the guy that they talk about. He’s the guy the kids talk about.
Bertrand: It’s just a tough time to be thrown around in the same breath as Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, and Ortiz. Like, all those Red Sox stars won multiple times.
Hardy: Even the Celtics superstars of the 2000s Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had that charisma. You’re talking about overall public perception. It matters how you’re going to be perceived and how you’re going to be held.
Zolak: Swagger and confidence in the NBA do matter. It’s an all-star league.
Hardy: I’m not even talking about winning or losing, though. In terms of Boston Sports superstars, you have to have that good perception. And you’ve got competition in terms of older legends that have played here.
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