Ime Udoka and Jayson Tatum bought a head begin on what is perhaps a protracted NBA relationship.
The Boston Celtics head coach revealed to reporters Tuesday how he and the C’s famous person benefitted from the time they spent together on the Tokyo Olympics.
As an alternative of smothering Tatum along with his voice and basketball views, Udoka ceded the accountability of educating Tatum to Group USA’s different coaches. In spite of everything, they’ll have numerous alternatives to work collectively in Boston.
“Clearly, we spent a ton of time to form of strengthen our bond,” Udoka stated, per The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “However I simply form of let him be taught from the opposite coaches. I hit him with little gems right here and there about issues he can implement when he doesn’t have the ball, like he’ll in Boston. So making an attempt to work on a few of these issues.”
Udoka’s method is considerably stunning, as many would anticipate him to attempt to coach up Tatum early and infrequently on their Olympic journey. How their relationship unfolds over time finally will inform whether or not Udoka’s hands-off method proved efficient.
Udoka additionally praised Tatum for a way he got here off the bench for Group USA and impacted video games in a constructive method.
“The bench position (on Group USA) was one thing completely different for him, however he accepted it,” Udoka continued. “And in case you have a look at his numbers total, I feel (he was the) second-leading scorer behind Kevin (Durant). He did an excellent job and clearly he performed nice within the final recreation.”