Jayson Tatum talks offseason prep for 2022-23, NBA rumors, and more

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CW: Another thing dealing with chemistry in the offseason is rumors, and I’m not going to ask you specifically about any of them. But I’m curious because I’ve been seeing a lot of people suggesting that it’s a compliment to see somebody’s name in a trade rumor — how do you feel if you ever see your name in a trade rumor? Is that something you think of as a compliment? Does it ever get annoying? How do you deal with that?

JT: That’s the world we live in, right? It always comes from an anonymous source. But it always makes ESPN or Twitter or whatever, and everybody sees it. So you never know what is true and what’s not true, but it gets people to talk about it, and I guess that’s the idea. They got what they wanted out of the deal, for people to talk about it and make speculations. If you pay attention to everything you see on Twitter or TV, you drive yourself crazy. I think that’s just something that you have to learn just to keep your own sanity and your own peace. They will literally say anything, and some of it might be true, and there are other things that just couldn’t be further from the truth. But, the average fan at home doesn’t know the difference, and they just might believe whatever they see. And it doesn’t help that people on the sports talk shows are talking about it every day and we don’t know who said it, so just control what you can control. That’s what I always live by.


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