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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is close to winning his first NBA title and the franchise’s record 18th. Despite the success, Tatum recently revealed his disappointment at getting snubbed by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Lakers missed the playoffs this season, but Tatum told ESPN in an interview published Wednesday that his dreams of playing for Los Angeles came to a crushing end when they passed on him for Lonzo Ball.
“The Lakers were my favorite team, and Kobe was my favorite player,” Tatum told ESPN. “So it was crazy that the Lakers had the second pick, and I was so close to a dream come true. But it was just like they didn’t want anything to do with me at the time.”
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Tatum was drafted by the Celtics, who traded down from the No. 1 pick to No. 3. But the fifth-year veteran still remembers what one scout told him after a pre-draft workout.
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“I remember one of the (Boston) scouts came up to me and said, ‘That was a great workout. I’m excited for you. But we got the No. 1 pick, so we’re not going to pick you.
“He still works for the Celtics now, so I f— with him all the time.”
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That decision panned out well for Boston.
The Celtics host the Warriors Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with the series tied at one game apiece.