Jayson Tatum is learning from Kobe Bryant this summer
How many Mamba nicknames can we come up with for Tatum?
Jayson Tatum stood before the media scrum after drilling a fadeaway jumper to win his first summer league game with the Boston Celtics. He talked about various topics but gave a tongue in cheek answer when someone asked Tatum if he thought his game resembled that of the Black Mamba - Kobe Bryant. "Yeah, that's my favorite player." Tatum retorted. "He was, then I went to the Celtics." After a rookie season where Tatum began to master the step-back and fadeaway, the comparisons to Bryant are starting to make a lot of sense. The rising star's trainer, Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat, recently put out a video dissecting players where Tatum mirrored Bryant almost perfectly. Seriously, this video is one of the most insane things I've ever seen.
Tatum's advanced footwork is one of the many abilities that he's taken away from Bryant's game. The skills to pick his best spots on the floor to score from are uncanny for such a young player.
Now, Tatum and Hanlen enlisted Bryant to help the 20-year-old continue to improve his fascinating skillset. Hanlen posted to Twitter earlier this week that after stealing moves from Bryant since he was 13, Tatum and the legendary Los Angeles Laker would work out together.
Jaylen Brown has already worked out with Tracy McGrady this offseason and now Tatum is working with Kobe Bryant. The Jay-Team looks like it could get pretty ridiculous in 2018 with the two young forwards learning from All-Time greats to improve their games.