Jayson Tatum gives heartfelt answer on why he enjoys having his son Deuce attend games

Tatum called his son a motivation to him.

Jayson Tatum shares why his son, Deuce, is a motivation to him. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

After scoring 44 points in a win over the Warriors and sharing a postgame moment with Steph Curry, Celtics star Jayson Tatum had one person he wanted to see: his son, Deuce.

Tatum’s 3-year-old son walked up to his father following the game, joining him for his postgame interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. Deuce didn’t speak during the interview, but Tatum spoke of how special his son is to him during his postgame press conference.

“I always love when he’s at the game,” Tatum told reporters of having Deuce attend games. “He’s kind of a visual representation of what I do it for. Having him watching, knowing that he’s looking up to me, it’s all the motivation in the world right there.”


With fans not being allowed in TD Garden this season until late March, Deuce hasn’t been able to catch many of his father’s games this season. Saturday’s game also marked the Celtics’ first game home since their recent West Coast trip.

In the Celtics’ previous home game, Tatum scored a career-high 53 points in a win over the Timberwolves. While fans were in attendance for that game, Tatum’s son wasn’t.

“He called me after the game and told me congrats,” Tatum told reporters following that game. “Just means I’ll have to do it again someday and he’ll be there next time.”

Deuce Tatum has become an internet sensation over the years. He shared a touching moment with his dad prior to this year’s All-Star Game. A clip of Kyrie Irving chasing Deuce prior to the All-Star Game went viral, too. Deuce was also a virtual fan during Celtics games in the bubble last season and once he reunited with his dad, cameras often showed him in the stands.


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