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Jayson Tatum discussed the significance of wearing No. 10 for Team USA

"It's a tremendous honor," said Tatum. "And I'll wear it proudly."

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Jayson Tatum shoots during training for USA Basketball, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher

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Jayson Tatum on wearing No. 10 for Team USA: As Jayson Tatum prepares to help Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, he recently spoke about the significance of wearing No. 10.

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Aside from its ceremonial notoriety (particularly in soccer), the No. 10 jersey carries special importance to Tatum because of Kobe Bryant. The late Hall of Famer wore No. 10 while playing for the U.S. team at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

For Tatum, who has idolized Bryant since his youth, wearing the same jersey number is a way to honor his hero.

“With this being the first Olympics since we lost him, it holds that much more value,” Tatum told reporters recently. “It’s not something I take lightly.”

Tatum wears No. 0 for the Celtics. No. 10 was retired by Boston, having been worn by another Hall of Famer (and gold medalist), Jo Jo White.

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The 23-year-old first wore No. 10 representing the United States in 2013 at the FIBA Americas U-16 championship in Uruguay.

“I remember that first team when I was hoping, wishing, that I got No. 10,” Tatum said. “Kobe, everyone knows that was my favorite player. I was 15 years old and got to wear the number of my favorite player. It just felt like I had some level of connection with him.”

Now, as he prepares to represent Team USA at the Olympic level, the symbolism of the number is not lost on Tatum.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Tatum. “And I’ll wear it proudly.”

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He played on every U.S. men’s Olympic team from 2004-2016.

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