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SI: Celtics' Tatum is 'most likely to succeed' NBA rookie

SI: Celtics' Tatum is 'most likely to succeed' NBA rookie

Sports Illustrated was passing out the superlatives for the upcoming NBA's season's rookie class and Celtics' forward Jayson Tatum is their "most likely to succeed."

But SI calls No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz the "most likely to win rookie of the year." So apparently, SI, via writer Deante Prince, are higher on the long-term development of Tatum. 

Here's Prince's assessment of the rookie the Celtics traded down to the No. 3 spot for (Tatum says the C's would have selected him, and not Fultz, even if they had kept the No. 1 pick): 

There are players with glitzier games and bigger shoe contracts, but few are more versatile than Jayson Tatum, who flashed the full range of his talents at Summer League. He’s been called Paul George Lite before, but the comparison feels more apt now. Obviously that projection hinges on how he develops. In Boston, though, he will have the luxury of being brought along slowly. Celtics president Danny Ainge coveted Tatum so much that one has to believe his future in Boston will be a bright one.

Among SI's other superlatives is "Most Likely to Have a Parent Storm the Court" - the Lakers' Lonzo Ball, and his omnipresent father, LaVar, are the runaway winners there. 

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time


Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.