Jayson Tatum addresses relationship with Jaylen Brown, being face of Celtics

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There’s been a lot of talk about the relationship between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown this offseason, both on and off the court.

Most notably, Jeff Goodman said on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria a few weeks ago that while Tatum and Brown like each other, they’re “not buddies” off the court, and that on the court it sometimes looks like “they never played basketball together before.”

In a new interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Tatum addressed his relationship with Brown and said the two still have the same goals and are still trying to make each other better.

“That’s the goal [to make each other better],” Tatum said. “Both highly motivated and driven guys that want to be the best they can be. We just really want to win. We both really care about winning at our core. That’s the start of it. We’re going to try our best to figure it out.”

Tatum said he understands that ultimately winning is all that matters in Boston, and that he and Brown are both motivated to help the Celtics win a championship.

“That’s always been the goal, to get there and win one,” he said. “We always talk about all the banners that we have and seeing them every day at the Garden or at practice. That’s all that really matters, especially in Boston, is getting another championship.”

Another area of focus when it comes to Tatum this offseason is his increasing role as the face of the franchise, which brings with it things like having a say in the hire of new coach Ime Udoka and possibly trying to recruit other players to Boston. He said he’s trying to embrace that role.

“That’s the position I’m in now,” Tatum told the Globe. “I’ve got to embrace it because I’m invested and I’m a part of all of this and [I embrace] just having my hands on. I got a feel for things going on with the team and the organization and I think it’s only right.”