The St. Louis connection between Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards Bradley Beal very well may be the strongest in the NBA. It's no secret. The two grew up together in the Lou with Brad acting as a role model for Tatum within the community and on the hardwood.
Fast forward to the current landscape of the NBA and both are established stars with a very bright future ahead of them. But one thing is for certain, any time either one of the two accomplishes anything, the other is watching in admiration, waiting to deliver kudos.
Friday evening after a scrappy 92-87 victory of the reigning NBA Champion Toronto Raptors, the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals off the strength of a Tatum 22 point,12 rebound, 7 assist performance. Guess who was waiting in the wings to congratulate him?
"Keep climbing young man," Beal said.
Tatum averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the seven-game series vs. Toronto. He's due for a bigger test as the team is set to face the red-hot Miami Heat led by Jimmy Butler.