- Aug 23, 2008
There are pros and cons. Last season it led him to try to be Kobe Jr, but I agree it is a good thing overall. At the end of the day, he is the kind of guy other stars will want to play with. He’s just got that aura.Tatum has always cared very obviously about external validation and awards+historical context. I remember him saying he wished the Celtics hadn't traded down so that he could say he was the #1 pick.
I think it's a positive tbh: it seems to push him to round out his game in all areas. A lot of great players have really cared about things like All-Star games and MVPs--peer/coach/media validation is a powerful motivator.
Contrast with Jaylen, who seems driven much more by intrinsic motivation to improve his game. I think each of their mindsets works perfectly for them. Obviously happy to have them both.