Why was Jayson Tatum wearing Kobe's Lakers jersey for a video shoot?


Jayson Tatum is trying on the purple and gold — at least for a video shoot.

As part of the NBA’s 75-year anniversary celebration, Tatum wore Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 to recreate one of the most memorable shots of the all-time great’s career: his game-winning buzzer-beater over Dwayne Wade in 2009.

“Kobe is the reason I feel in love with basketball,” Tatum says in the video. “I was in sixth grade, and at Applebee’s with my older cousin, and his favorite player was D-Wade.”

In a line that may needle Celtics fans, Tatum also said he “used to dream about” wearing the Lakers’ colors.

Tatum idolized Bryant growing up, and received the surreal experience of working out with his childhood hero at the start of his NBA career. Bryant extended the invitation to Tatum following Boston’s trip to the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.

“I was like a kid in a candy store,” Tatum said at the time. “I kept talking to myself like, ‘I’m working out with Kobe.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

Last summer, Tatum honored Bryant by wearing No. 10 for USA Basketball, which is what Bryant wore whenever he represented the U.S. in the Olympics. He also honored the Black Mamba with some new ink.

The NBA 75 video shoot was another way for Tatum to show his appreciation for the late NBA legend. But still, it was pretty jarring to see the Celtics’ star wearing Lakers colors. With Tatum just entering the first year of his five-year super max extension, Celtics fan are hoping this project doesn’t represent a harbinger of things to come.