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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum to wear Kobe Bryant’s No. 10 for Team USA at Olympics: ‘It’s a tremendous honor’

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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum will wear No. 10, which was Kobe Bryant’s number when he played for Team USA. The late Los Angeles Lakers legend was Tatum’s favorite player growing up, and the two formed a relationship once Tatum made it to the league.

“I remember one talk, it might have been after a game, and he was saying that a lot of people won’t understand what you do,” Tatum said. “He said, ‘What I mean by that is, the ones that really want to be great and really want to be special really take that whatever-it-takes mentality.’ He told me it takes sacrifice, because the ultimate question is about how much are you willing to give up to be great.”

This is Tatum’s first trip to the Olympics, and it’s also the first Olympics since Bryant tragically passed away. Getting to honor Bryant and continue his legacy means a lot to Tatum.

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