Jayson Tatum To Honor Kobe Bryant By Wearing No. 10 At Olympics

  • Bryant wore No. 10 during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics on the way to a pair of Gold Medals.

TOKYO – Jayson Tatum has announced that he will be wearing No. 10 at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo in a tribute to Kobe Bryant.

Bryant wore the number during the 2008 and 2012 Gold Medal runs in the Olympics.

Tatum and Bryant’s History

Tatum has not been shy, despite being a Boston Celtic, about Bryant being his favorite player while growing up. He wore No. 10 during his junior national days in honor of Bryant and will now do so on the biggest stage.

However, their connection goes past just sharing a number. Bryant has trained with Tatum since he entered the league, helping him develop into the player that he has become.

Can Tatum Match Bryant’s Numbers

Bryant is an NBA legend, but his Olympic numbers may be a bit lower than expected, largely due to his decreased usage and minutes played.

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Bryant averaged 13.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. He shot 44.8% from the field and 37% from deep.

These numbers are easily obtainable for Tatum as he’s expected to be one of the team’s primary scoring options along with Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard.

Team USA’s Odds

Online sportsbooks have varied odds for the United States to bring home the gold, but Bovada has the team listed as a heavy favorite.

Tokyo 2021 - Mens Basketball Odds

  • USA -1000
  • Spain +1500
  • France +2000
  • Australia +1800
  • Argentina +3300
  • Slovenia +2500
  • Italy +3500

Suffice to say, it would be a massive upset if Team USA were to not win the Gold Medal whether or not Tatum can pull off a Kobe-esque performance.