Jayson Tatum Shares Text Sent To Kobe Bryant Before Game 7

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat and they are headed to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors.

Jayson Tatum earned the inaugural Larry Bird Trophy for Eastern Conference finals MVP in the process. Tatum was seen sporting a purple “24” armband in honor of his idol, Kobe Bryant, during Game 7 against the Heat.

Tatum forged a bond with Bryant when he entered the league, and the two had worked out together in the offseason over the Celtics star’s first couple of seasons in the NBA. Ahead of Sunday night's game 7, Jayson Tatum made sure to text the late Lakers great ahead of Sunday night’s game.

Game 1 between the Warriors and Celtics starts Thursday.

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