BOSTON – Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum is still waiting for the Twitter successor to LeBron James, but he might have earned something much more significant during the Eastern Conference 2018 – James' respect.
James was looking for Tatum on the Cleveland Cavaliers' 87-79 Game 7 win on Sunday night, James overcame the 20-year-old Boston striker with praise for his post-game press conference.
"I just love everything about the boy, the way he plays the game, his behavior, where he comes from," James said. "All I know is that he's built for glory, built for success, and that's on and off the ground."
Tatum, Boston's top scorer for the postseason, scored a team-high 24 points on 9 of 1
During Boston's late game, Tatum stormed the paint and dove over James, nudging him as he cheered.
"I had to bring him back for the two shots he hit in Cleveland," Tatum said. with a few late daggers that James has hit to secure Cleveland's Game 6 win. "I did not mean it disrespectful." Just at that moment, made a play. Show only emotion. "
Tatum admitted that James, who was looking for him after the last summer, meant a lot to the freshman.
"It was a special moment for me," said Tatum. "It's my first year in the league, growing up with LeBron and asking him to follow me on Twitter and go to his camps, just to face a player like him and be a few shots away to beat him. " and his team to go to a championship is something that I will always remember. "
Tatum finished 35 points in 19 playoff appearances, the second-highest total in the league's history, in 1970, just one point behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 352 points (although Lew Alcindor made it in only 10 games) Tatum became the first rookie since Abdul-Jabbar had recorded 10 games with more than 20 points in a single post-season.
Celtics coach Brad Steven suggested Tatum had just scratched the surface of his potential. 
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"He can get much better, that's the fun part," Stevens said. "I think there are so many little things that he will continue to improve, but he is not afraid, he is tough and obviously has a special talent for putting the ball in the basket."
Sharing a stage with Tatum at a press conference after Boston's game 7 defeat, veteran Al Horford piled on Tatum.
"Unbelievable," said Horford. "The way he kept the season going and just pushed on, for someone who's going through this for the first time and going through a full NBA season – I think he's playing pretty much every game – and is in." These pressure situations in the playoffs, his serenity, the game after the game and really ready all year round and ready for moments. I could not imagine him playing at this level and on that scale.
It is the presence of players like Tatum and the second Swingman Jaylen Brown, paired with the expected return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, that make Boston optimistic about its chances to go deeper in the playoffs in the future
Stevens said he will take a few days off the basketball season, but admitted he is already looking forward to starting the new campaign.
"The training camp can not be early enough come, "said Stevens." These will be some fun exercises, I'm pretty sure. "