Kobe Bryant likes what he sees in Jayson Tatum

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant played two decades of basketball with the Lakers. –Rick Bowmer / AP, File

Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Wednesday took part in a teleconference to promote ESPN’s new basketball analysis show, Detail, which is being produced by Bryant’s Granity Studios. During the call, Bryant was asked about Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

“His game is really well flushed out,’’ Bryant said. “Great midrange game. He can post up. He can finish at the rim. He handles the ball very well. He can shoot the long ball. I think there’s still little itty-bitty things that he’ll need to develop as his game progresses. Defenses tend to double him more to catch up to him.


“By and large, I love what I’m seeing from him, especially on the defensive end. Most young players coming nowadays just want to do the cute stuff. He seems to be the kind of player that doesn’t mind getting dirty and being physical and playing hard at both ends of the floor.’’

“Jaylen Brown is like that, too,’’ Bryant added. “I think very highly of Jaylen Brown, too.’’

This season Tatum is averaging 13.9 points and 5 rebounds, and he is shooting 47.5 percent from the field.