Jayson Tatum refuted claims that working out with Kobe Bryant negatively affected his game last season.

“I’m still going to shoot the mid-range. I seen all the people talking about the de-Kobe-ing. No, Kobe didn’t teach me anything bad. Everything we talked about and he showed me was great," said Tatum.

Tatum said that he was working to be more efficient this season, focusing on shooting more 3's, layups, and free throws.

Tatum added that he improved last season despite his stats.

“I got better last year. Just not what people expected, not what I expected, and I take full responsibility. That’s why I’m excited for this year. But Kobe didn’t teach me any bad habits. I didn’t say that.”