By: Evan Singleton
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I do, really. However, there is something that all NBA fans, especially Celtics fans, should keep an eye on. Don't let it surprise you if Jayson Tatum's lingering injury is a topic through the season or even his career.
I love Jayson Tatum. This is by no means a bashing-of-Tatum type of article. I am simply bringing something that I believe is worth-while to attention.
Jayson Tatum suffers from Patellar Tendinitis. Which is simply put, a nagging and over-time worsening, knee pain that causes stiffness and pain to the part of knee that connects the physical knee cap to the shin bone. This is no joke of an injury. Especially in Tatum's case.
Plenty of guys have been able to manage the injury throughout their careers, sure. However Tatum's seems to be genetic. Which worries me. His father Justin's professional career was cut short due to the just that, the worsening of Patellar Tendinitis. Therefor, this does not just indicate Tatum needs to rest his legs and let it pass. It points me in a direction of this could be an issue. A longer lasting issue.
Remember back at Duke, Tatum missed 8 games with a foot injury? Well, foot injuries can be a product of over compensation for pain in the knees or hips. Now, there is no guarantee that the knee was related to his foot injury.
However, there is guarantee that Patellar Tendinitis was the exact thing that kept him out of a few NBA Summer League games this year.
The real cure/fix for this injury is rest. But even with rest it is something that can surely come back. Again, which worries me if Tatum's is at all tied to his genetics.
Resting is not a real "cure" in the NBA. It means you are sitting out games (if during the season). Which means you are not contributing to your team. I just hope this is not an Avery Bradley 2.0 scenario with all of the nagging and lingering injuries keeping him off of the floor.
Again, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Let us all hope that Tatum's injury was not related to his father's. Hopefully it was a coincidence, that Tatum's first official NBA reported injury was the exact thing that cut off his father's ability to play professionally overseas.
Let me reiterate here... I am not bashing on Tatum. I am simply bringing something to attention. If my information is correct, I suspect we could be seeing Jayson Tatum and Patellar Tendinitis in the same sentence during the NBA season.
Like the title states, it is something to keep an eye on. It is not something to freak out about. Plenty of players have managed it throughout an NBA career. Let's hope that this is just a minor, one time injury for the rook.