It doesn't even matter. He is right, and it is one of the qualities that does make him one of the best of the best. We were all at home or in the stands shitting all over ourselves while those guys were out there knowing what they can do and keeping their cool when things weren't going exactly their way.
Want to amplify this, because it's absolutely one of the things that most annoys me about fan culture.
The entitled rages and tantrums over whether a guy is "choking" or not and whether he "wants it enough" and what we think his late-game performances means for "his legacy" is all noise to an athlete. Like, was Tim Duncan emoting all over the court? What about Kawhi Leonard?
Some guys need to rage and whine, and others operate best by keeping their cool. To me, Tatum has just as much swagger on the court as Curry or Durant. Regardless, it's insane to me that we're still having these conversations, armchair psychologizing like we didn't learn our lesson from watching JD Drew. Each of these guys copes with the tension of the moment in their own way, and to act like every guy has to be like Jonathan Papelbon or Kevin Garnett is to silly.
Most importantly, w
hen these guys are on the court, they've got to block out all of this nonsense: legacies and choking and our blithely judgemental perceptions of their relative emotiveness. We had a page and a half of one person rambling incoherently about how Tatum "wasn't on that level yet" and with three shots, he somehow turned that poster onto his side, and the best part is Tatum never gave a flying fuck anyway, because he's always believed in himself. "Humbly, I'm one of the best players in the world" captures his persona for me.
He believes in himself, but he also had the humility to recognize that impersonating Kobe's mid-range game was going to hold him back, so what did he do? He adjusted his game. That step-back three he hit last night was the epitome of that adjustment.