It’s hard to find someone as protective of their legacy as Paul Pierce is with his. But now, the Boston Celtics are just two games from the NBA Finals. Not only that, but they are doing this with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward out injured. And rookie Jayson Tatum is one of the players leading the charge. In fact, he’s even starting to earn comparisons to Pierce.
Blasphemy, right? Well, not according to ‘The Truth’ himself. Speaking to Chad Finn of Boston.com:
“I see it, I definitely do,” Pierce says. But here’s the fun thing: he notes attributes Tatum possesses that he never did.
“I wasn’t the most athletic guy. Tatum is a lot more athletic than I was. He can use either hand. Once he gets a little stronger in the near future, look out. I mean, he’s obviously smart beyond his years. … When I came out, I was a 21-year-old. He was 19 for most of this season. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but a year and a half, two years, that’s a lot of developmental time. I had three years of college to develop. He had one year, and he’s already doing this. He’s a superstar in the making. You can compare a kid like that to me anytime you want.”
Meanwhile, Tatum is averaging 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in h is first taste of postseason action. And while he still has some ways to go in catching up to Pierce as a Boston legend, he’s off to an excellent start.
Game 3 between the Celtics and Cavs tips off Saturday night.