Celtics' Jayson Tatum Talks Life on NBA Campus, Compares It to High School

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2020

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum plays against the Houston Rockets in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Now that Jayson Tatum has had a few days to get acclimated to life in the NBA campus, the Boston Celtics star has provided some insight into what things are like for players. 

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Tatum said the experience has been "like when I was in high school...at a McDonald's All-American Game or Jordan Brand Game" and being able to see all the players from opposing teams in the same hotel (starts at 2:45 mark):

The Celtics arrived in Florida on Wednesday and held their first full practice on Friday after head coach Brad Stevens told reporters they didn't have anyone test positive for the coronavirus.

Per ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps, the NBA's health-and-safety protocol manual provided strict guidelines for all league personnel to follow, including players and staff not being allowed in one another's rooms, team-specific chefs and food rooms and everyone being required to wear a MagicBand that are "used as hotel room keys and to check in for coronavirus testing and other medical screenings."

Tatum and the Celtics are entering the season restart as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Their 43-21 record is three games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division. The team is currently scheduled to play its first scrimmage on July 24 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Boston's first game back will be on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Milwaukee Bucks.