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Shaquille O'Neal Doesn't Like Jayson Tatum's Text To Kobe Bryant, Says He Has To Go Through Criticism If He Wants To Be The Main Man: "I Went Through It, Kobe Went Through It, Kevin Durant's Going Through It."

Shaquille O'Neal Doesn't Like Jayson Tatum's Text To Kobe Bryant, Says He Has To Go Through Criticism If He Wants To Be The Main Man: "I Went Through It, Kobe Went Through It, Kevin Durant's Going Through It."

Jayson Tatum came in for a fair bit of criticism after the Boston Celtics lost in the NBA Finals, as he failed to have the sort of series that many expected him to, having been anointed as a superstar following the Celtics' run to get to the biggest stage. Many believe that Tatum has proved that he cannot be 'the guy' on a team thanks to his lackluster performances against the Warriors. 

While that take might be reactionary in some ways, he has also caught heat for some of his tributes to Kobe Bryant throughout the playoffs. Tatum wore the same outfit Kobe wore to his Celtics workout during practice before a Finals game and famously also sent a message to Bryant's number before a huge game during the playoffs. 

Bill Simmons suggested that maybe he needs to tone that down a little, and now the man who knew Kobe Bryant as well as anyone in Shaquille O'Neal has also weighed in. Shaq addressed Tatum's tributes while also talking about what Tatum can expect now that he is trying to be the primary superstar on The Big Podcast

“I would never," Shaq said about Tatum's text to Kobe.

“So if you wanna be anointed the man and this is your team. This is the stuff that you have to go through. I went through it, Kobe went through it, Durant is going through it, everybody has to go through it.”

“When he learns to step up, and Brown both have to learn to step up as a duo together and put up killer numbers. We won’t be having these silly conversations. Marcus Smart is a good enough point guard.”

Tatum will have a lot to prove next season as he prepares to try and take the Celtics one step further than they managed this year and win an NBA championship for the first time since 2008. Till he can get his team over the hump, the criticism is likely to persist now that he has announced himself as a borderline superstar in the league.