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Danny Ainge Says Jayson Tatum 'Was Never Gonna End Up In Phoenix'

May 17, 2020 12:45 AM

Danny Ainge addressed Jayson Tatum's comments earlier this week that the forward wanted to get drafted by the Phoenix Suns.

Tatum had to be convinced by Mike Krzyzewski to workout with the Celtics before the 2017 NBA Draft.

“There was a story that came out this week about Jayson going to Phoenix. Jayson was never gonna end up in Phoenix. Even if he didn’t come in for that second workout with us days before the draft in Boston, we were still going to take Jayson Tatum," Ainge told Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post.

Tatum said he didn't want to get drafted by the Celtics due to what he thought would be a lack of playing time. 

Ainge added that he had his eyes on Tatum the entire draft, even when he traded the top pick to the Sixers.

"We had our eyes set on Jayson Tatum. We were very confident that Philly was taking Markelle (Fultz) and that Lonzo (Ball) was going to L.A. We were very confident in that assessment.”

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Tags: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jayson Tatum Preferred Joining Suns Over Celtics Leading To Draft

May 12, 2020 1:24 PM

Leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, Jayson Tatum wanted to be drafted by the Phoenix Suns.

Tatum knew Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball would be the first two picks, and he hoped he'd fall to the Suns at No. 4 after the Boston Celtics traded down from No. 1 to No. 3. Earl Watson was pushing for the Suns to do whatever was necessary to draft Tatum while Robert Sarver preferred Josh Jackson.

“Earl is my guy,” Tatum said. “I called my mom, I’m like, ‘Yo, I think I want to go to Phoenix.’”

Tatum's agent, Jeff Wechsler, called him about setting up a second workout with the Celtics. Tatum wasn't budging when Wechsler tried to sell him on Boston.

“We hang up,” Tatum said. “I’m like, ‘I’m not going to this workout. I’m cool.’”

It took Mike Krzyzewski to sell Tatum on Brad Stevens and the Celtics before he agreed to the workout. 

“When I finally heard my name called it was by far the best day of my life because it was what I’d been working for, for 16 years,” Tatum said. “But there was a part of me that didn’t really want to go to Boston because they just were the No. 1 team in the East. They had Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, (Marcus) Smart, (Jaylen Brown), Jae Crowder. I was like, man, I’m not going to play. I’m trying to get buckets. But everything worked out.”

“I was pushing Tatum,” Watson said. “Like, we had to move up for Tatum, we had to get Tatum. And ownership chose Josh Jackson. … I knew the two players were dynamically different, but my vision was what’s the best fit for Devin Booker. Booker and Tatum, I think a combination like that right now would have been completely different than anything in the NBA at that age.”

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Tags: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett Voted Into Hall Of Fame On First Ballot

Apr 4, 2020 12:04 PM

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 includes Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett as first ballot inductees.

Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Patrick Baumann, Barbara Stevens, Kim Mulkey and Eddie Sutton have also been named to the Hall of Fame.

“No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers,” said Jeanie Buss. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched. Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles – and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the gameNo one deserves it more.”

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Marcus Smart, Three Other NBA Players, To Donate Blood For Experimental COVID-19 Treatment

Apr 1, 2020 2:08 AM

Marcus Smart will donate blood to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, with the goal of finding an experimental treatment for the virus.

The project will rely upon receiving blood samples from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

Smart, who was asymptomatic, recently announced that he had fully recovered from the virus.

The NBA had asked players who recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood to the project. Three other players also donated, though their identities were not revealed. 

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Marcus Smart Cleared Of COVID-19 By Health Officials

Mar 29, 2020 10:22 PM

Marcus Smart announced on Twitter that he has been cleared of COVID-19 by the Massachusetts Department of Health.

"Corona Free as of two days ago. Cleared by Mass Dept of Health. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers and I'm doing the same for everyone that's been effected by this. Stay safe and stay together- apart! Much love!" tweeted Smart.

Smart, who was asymptomatic, tested positive over two weeks ago.

Brad Stevens said he was proud of Smart for coming forward to raise awareness.

"I'm proud of how he kinda took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now," said Stevens.

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Brad Stevens: Marcus Smart Doing 'Great' During Self-Isolation

Mar 28, 2020 12:44 PM

Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart was in "great spirits" after testing positive for COVID-19, and added that he was proud of Smart for announcing his results to the larger public.

Smart, currently in self-isolation, is asymptomatic.

"I'm just happy that when he tested positive he continued to experience no symptoms and has felt great ever since. ... I'm proud of how he kinda took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now," said Stevens.

Stevens added that he believes the NBA canceling the game between the Jazz and the Thunder was a turning point for how the country looked at the virus.

"I think in a unique way that was a starting point for the whole country in recognizing that. I know a lot of people that have experienced symptoms or that ultimately -- throughout this NBA family -- that have gotten this. So I think it hit home well before that. But I do think that Wednesday night [when Gobert tested positive] will be something that we all remember and obviously the days following that as we entered this kind of new world."

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Marcus Smart Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020 8:27 PM

Marcus Smart has announced he tested positive for COVID-19.

Smart was tested because of "exposure to a known positive case." 

The Boston Celtics said Smart was not exhibiting any symptoms and has been in isolation for several days.

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Players From Cavs, Knicks, Raptors, Celtics, Pistons Told To Self-Quarantine

Mar 12, 2020 1:34 AM

Players from the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Detroit Pistons were told to self-quaratine after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

The Jazz played the aforementioned teams within the last 10 days.

The Thunder, set to play the Jazz, were cleared to leave Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Jazz players are set to remain at the arena after they were tested for coronavirus and await results. 

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Marcus Smart Fined $35k By NBA For Altercation With Referees

Mar 5, 2020 11:38 AM

Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his interaction with referees during a loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Smart had to be restrained as he argued referees. 

The amount of the fine took prior incidents involving Smart into consideration. 

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Jaylen Brown Out At Least One Week With Hamstring Injury

Mar 4, 2020 11:18 PM

Jaylen Brown is set to miss at least one week due to a hamstring injury.

Brown suffered the injury during the Celtics' 129-120 loss to the Nets in overtime.

Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker also both missed the Celtics game on Wednesday night.

Hayward is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee, while there is no timetable for Walker to play in back-to-back games. 

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Jayson Tatum, LeBron James Named NBA's Players Of The Month

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Celtics Were Targeting Eventual Trade For Paul George Until Jayson Tatum's 2nd Workout

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Kemba Walker Ruled Out For Third Straight Game

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