Jayson Tatum (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum
said he’s well down the road to recovery from the shoulder injury he dealt with during the
latter stages of the 2022 NBA playoffs.

Tatum, who suffered the injury during
the Eastern Conference Finals and played through it in the team’s
loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, provided an
update Thursday to Justin Quinn of CelticsWire on the Celtics Lab
podcast.

“Yeah, it feels a lot better,” Tatum said. “It got
a lot of time to rest that it needed. So, it definitely felt a lot
better.”

The injury didn’t appear to hurt
Tatum’s shooting stroke as he knocked down 20 of his 44 three-point
attempts (45.5 percent) in the Finals, but it was a bigger issue
while dealing with contact as he made just 24 of his 76 two-point
shots (31.6 percent) against the Warriors.

After the Celtics’ season-ending loss
in Game 6, the three-time All-Star said he planned to recover through
standard rest and recovery.

“No, I don’t think [I’ll need
surgery],” Tatum told reporters.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Duke product told Quinn his main
focus throughout the summer is making sure his body is prepared for
another campaign after a short offseason following the team’s deep
playoff run.

“Always first and foremost taking
care of my body, in the weight room working on my legs and making
sure my core [is good],” Tatum said. “Changing my diet, trying to
eat better. The basketball stuff is easier to figure out; I’ve been
doing it so long. I think your body is what keeps you up here.”

The All-NBA first-team selection
averaged 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 threes across
76 appearances during the 2021-22 regular season. He finished sixth
in MVP voting.

Despite the Celtics’ success, there
have been rumors about a potential blockbuster trade that could bring
Kevin Durant to Boston, which could see the departure of longtime
teammate Jaylen Brown.

Tatum explained to Quinn the best thing
to do is avoid all the speculation when possible, saying it’s
important to “learn just to keep your own sanity and your own
peace.”

“That’s the world we live in, right?
It always comes from an anonymous source. But it always makes ESPN or
Twitter or whatever, and everybody sees it,” he said. “So you
never know what is true and what’s not true, but it gets people to
talk about it, and I guess that’s the idea.”

So far there’s been no indication a
Durant deal is actually close, so there’s a strong chance the Celtics
run it back with mostly the same core next season.

And it sounds like Tatum will be all
systems go when the campaign tips off in October.

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