14-year-old Jayson Tatum tweeted a desperate request to LeBron James

Rookie Jayson Tatum’s NBA career is just starting, but the Celtics forward is already making a name for himself. In his first four games, Tatum is averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 34.3 minutes.

Back in 2012, however, the 6-foot-8, 205-pound star was just a 14-year-old boy with dreams of playing basketball professionally. And on April 13 of that year, all he wanted was one thing: a follow back on Twitter from LeBron James.

The youngster tweeted at James — who, at the time, was on his way to winning his first NBA championship — “Follow back it’s Larry Hughes nephew from st. Louis and Abe and Rj Lil cousin and Justin Son Follow Back.”


Tatum, desperate to form any sort of resonating connection with the NBA All-Star, tried to highlight his familial ties by mentioning he is the nephew of retired guard Larry Hughes and son of high school basketball coach Justin Tatum.

As of this writing, James still doesn’t follow Tatum on Twitter. He does, however, follow his former (and Tatum’s current) teammate Kyrie Irving.