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What other tribute to Kobe Jayson Tatum has he planned?


Boston Celtics Star Jayson Tatum loves the late Kobe Bryant. So much so that he texted Kobe’s old number saying, “I got you today,” before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and dressed in the same outfit Kobe wore for his Celtics draft practice during a practice before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. But with the Celtics tied 1-1 with the Golden State Warriors, how does Tatum raise the bar for the rest of the series? Because, sure, texting a dead man’s number and then posting the screenshots online is a bit scary, but we’re sure Tatum can go much, much further.

Game 3:

Jayson Tatum shows up at TD Garden wearing an all-white outfit, complete with a bow tie and white headband under an Amish-looking hat, and announces he’s going to be “White hot” ground that night. Then he channels his inner Mamba and refuses to throw a single pass to a teammate. At the end of the 4th quarter, he pays homage to Kobe’s playoff debut by firing four straight fly balls in a loss.

Between Games 3 and 4, he films a viral video of himself jumping over a moving duck while wearing a “2004 Western Conference Champions” sweatshirt.

Game 4:

Tatum bounces back with a big game four, and after the game he thanks the Bryant family for letting him borrow the jockstrap worn by Kobe in the 2001 NBA Finals. He also credits the four liters of Sprite that he drank before the game, saying that was “how Kobe would have obeyed his thirst”.

With the weekend off, Tatum flies to Philadelphia to take the SAT on Saturday morning, while wearing a Lower Merion High School jersey. He sends a telegram to Kobe via Western Union: “THE JOB IS NOT COMPLETE STOP I SKIP THE ANALOGUES SECTION STOP”

On Sunday night, Tatum dressed his son in a tuxedo and stepped out singer Brandy Norwood, as a tribute to Kobe’s prom. He rents a plane to write, “Dear Kobe. I’m going to go to second base tonight,” causing Brandy to slap him and leave before the date even begins.

Game 5:

Jayson Tatum arrives at the Chase Center with the Kobe and LeBron puppets from old Nike commercials, and performs a very bad ventriloquism routine where he has the LeBron puppet call “The Future of the Eastern Conference”. David Alan Grier walks alongside him, who later reveals that Tatum paid him $200,000 to voice Kobe’s puppet and say, “Jayson, I’m proud of you. Tatum then refuses to shoot in the second half in tribute to Kobe’s Game 7 in the 2006 Western Conference Finals.

After the match, Tatum sends a message in Morse code to what he believes to be Kobe’s submarine: MAM-BA MEN-TA-LI-TY.

During the next day off, Tatum held an angry press conference where he demanded that Brad Stevens trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd before the series ended. Then he explains to Shaquille O’Neal in graphic detail exactly how his ass tastes.

Game 6:

For motivation, before Game 6, Tatum goes to the home of 46-year-old former Laker retiree Samaki Walker and asks for $100. Confused, Walker tries to close the door and Tatum sucker hits him. Tatum scores 45 points as the Celtics even the series.

En route to the West Coast, Tatum stops in Salt Lake City and demands that Karl Malone stop hitting on his wife. At 2 a.m., he calls Phil Jackson’s house in Montana and when a bewildered Phil picks up, Tatum grumbles “The job isn’t done” and hangs up the phone.

Game 7:

Before the game, Tatum recreates another classic Kobe moment by inviting old New York Knicks saves Chris Childs from punching him twice in the face. This backfires when Tatum’s eye quickly closes. It’s especially damaging because Tatum is essentially defenseless, since on the one hand he’s holding “Little Mamba” the sock puppet from Bryant’s “Canvas City” set, and with the other he frantically writes a poem about basketball.

In a tribute to Kobe’s performance in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Tatum continues to shoot 6-24 from the field and then tells the media that’s what Kobe would have wanted. “He loved it when the Celtics lost,” says Tatum, kissing his Eastern Conference Finals MVP trophy and pointing skyward. Then Tatum leaves to record a rap verse for a remix of a Destiny’s Child song.