Jayson Tatum still hasn’t quite gotten used to it.
He wakes up at all hours of the night, because his body’s still adjusting to the time zone. He’s trying to not randomly fall asleep throughout the day. It’ll take a couple days.
But through preparations and the adjustment period of travelling to Tokyo to compete alongside the rest of Team USA men’s basketball in the Olympics, the Boston Celtics star said he’s learned to not take things for granted – that with the hardships of the past year, he’s relishing the moment.
“Just staying in the moment and really enjoying this journey, this process of, you know, being 23 and being in the Olympics,” Tatum told media at a Team USA practice July 22. “It’s an honor and it’s really a dream come true.”
Tatum spoke on a number of topics within the interview session, including playing against his former Celtics teammates on France’s team and how he’s feeling months removed from a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Read more below.