Among the "Rising Stars" of the NBA on Friday morning at Charlotte's Spectrum Center was another superstar, although nearly two decades younger.
Celtics advances the 15-month-old son of Jayson Tatum, affectionately known as "Deuce," He was crossing the field after his father had trained with the US Team for the Rising Stars Challenge in the evening. Dressed in a black and white Nike suit, a stuttering Deuce wandered around with a ball in his arms – and even played with another US Team member: New York Knicks novice Kevin Knox.
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At one point, Tatum tried to push the boy so you can make a trash can, but also his 6 foot and 8 frame and the 6 foot wingspan could not get the Deuce to get to the edge. "Hey mom, I'm not tall enough", a smiling Tatum called his mother, Brandy Cole, who was looking to the side of the yard.
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Before Friday's practice, Tatum also asked journalists questions on topics that went from his favorite emoji, which he says is the heart because he loves people, for the most important thing he has learned from the point-call Kyrie Irving.
"Only by looking at how it behaves, how it enters the world of work every day and continues to be the best players in the league for a reason," said Tatum of Irving. "It's not by chance, he works there, he's super busy."
While it's still unknown if Irving, who won the sixth all-star recognition of his career this season, will take the floor 39; All-Star Game on Sunday, the 26 year-old will train Tatum and the rest of the US team in the Rising Stars Challenge. But Tatum is equally ready to lay down the law.
"I'll tell him how long I'm playing and when I'm going out – if I go out," he joked.
Although Tatum fell short of being named All-Star this season, he will still be busy over the weekend. In addition to being a "rising star", he is one of eight players scheduled to take part in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday night.
"Being part of the All-Star is a special feeling," Tatum said. "Just seeing all the guys all over the league, all the holidays on and off the court, is the best place at this time of year."