Mother of Jayson Tatum on LaVar Ball: ‘I can’t knock him. I don’t judge’
Brandy Cole, the mother of Celtics No. 3 overall draft pick Jayson Tatum, joined Giardi and Bradford Sunday to discuss draft night, her thoughts on Boston, the early years raising Jayson, and her take on LaVar Ball. To hear the full interview, go to the weekend shows audio on demand page.
Speaking about draft night and the uncertainty of where Tatum would end up , Cole, an attorney in St. Louis, said there were some cities that would have made her “nervous with [Tatum] being 19 with new money.”
Cole feels the Celtics however, with a core of veterans and strong organizational leadership, is the perfect fit for her son.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things,” she said. “I’ve had hundreds of texts, and even before when we knew that Boston was in the mix, there were several veterans and several older players in the league, everyone was talking about maybe they’ve played there… everyone had said nothing but what a great organization it is.
“Everybody from the ownership to the coaches, everything is just top notch.”
Tatum was taken with the third overall pick after the Celtics traded their first overall pick to Philadelphia in exchange for the third pick in 2017 and a first-round pick in either 2018 or 2019. When talking about the trade prior to the draft, Boston general manager Danny Ainge said, “the player we would take at three was close to the player at one,” and that “we’ll still be able to get the player we want in the draft.”
Cole said Sunday she had some early signs that her son was the player that Ainge wanted in the draft, but with so much talk of trade, she wasn’t completely sure what would happen.
“We had some indication that they were a strong consideration,” she said. “You just never know. Especially leading up, there was so much validity the days leading up to the draft, and there was so much talk of trade and movement, and so we didn’t want to get too confident and be let down. But we had some indication.”
Here are some more highlights from the interview. For more Celtics coverage, visit the team page at http://www.weei.com/sports-team/celtics.
On the challenge of earning time with the Celtics: “He definitely is not turned off by it. Jayson is definitely up for the challenge and we’ve always just encouraged him. He’s always played up. He was a freshman on varsity. At 17, he played U19 in USA Basketball, so we’ve always just encouraged him to go in there and ‘do what you know to do.’”
On LaVar Ball and his approach to the draft: “We’ve had not any significant interactions, our kids played in one or two tournaments I think on the national circuit when they were seniors in high school. So, I knew who he was before the whole recruitment in college and everything like that. But, I can’t knock him. I don’t judge, and I know how passionate I am about my son. There’s some things that people probably will say… ‘oh, she’s a little over the top with it.’ I do believe wholeheartedly and always supporting and encouraging your kids, giving them the confidence. We don’t know what their relationship is like. …He knows what flicks that switch for them. He knows what they need to have that level of confidence to go out there and do what they do, and if that’s what works for them, I can’t knock it.”
On taking Jayson to classes with her and the challenges of raising him at 18: “I had Jayson when I was 18, I actually had him on spring break of my freshman year in college. I had played volleyball, and I had several volleyball scholarships. His dad played basketball and he had his basketball scholarship and he had the opportunity to go overseas. And so, I’m just the kind of like ‘get things done,’ kind of person, so I didn’t like to burden other people with my son. I had the perspective like ‘I’m paying to come here, as long as he’s not disrupting, like I’m bringing him with me.’ And I think it definitely encouraged him to practice a little bit harder, because he knew he definitely didn’t want to be sitting in those classes later on in life. …I just made sure that I balanced everything. But I did make sure that he saw what it takes is hard work, and that as long as you’re willing to put the work in, there’s nothing that you can’t do.”
On Celtics coach Brad Stevens: “The thing that really resonates is how much the players love playing for coach Stevens. And how much even opposing players from other teams just know what a great coach he is. Everyone just has great things to say about just how he interacts with the players, how he talks to them, how he teaches them. Just everything, and so I’m just thrilled that he’s in such a great situation.”
On whether Tatum, the third overall pick in the NBA, will have to respond, ‘yes mam,’ to Cole: “Absolutely. I’m still his mom. Things will never change.”
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