The Philadelphia 76ers have not had a very great offseason, and for that reason, the team will definitely not be shielded from catching strays here and there.
Unfortunately for the franchise, that means the disrespect for the team, especially those from outside Philadelphia, will be louder than usual unless the team manages to remind everyone of their contender status from last season in the upcoming year.
Jayson Tatum spurns 76ers chances as a threat with cocky two-word remark
In fact, Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum roasted the Sixers in his recent appearance on Kevin Hart’s YouTube show. The two weighed in on different topics with the season just a few weeks away, and of course, being rivals, Philly was brought up by Hart.
A known 76ers fan, Hart talked with Tatum about potential threats to the Celtics in the upcoming campaign. When the former mentioned Philadelphia as one of those teams, Tatum dished out a striking two-word response.
Tatum even added a message he would like to extend to the 76ers faithful through Hart.
"You tell them, ‘Good luck next time."
In all fairness, Tatum has a right to talk the talk as regards the 76ers. After all, the Celtics have yet to drop a playoff series against them with Tatum at the helm, having won three, with their most recent victory coming in the last postseason when Boston squeaked past Philadelphia in a tight seven-gamer series in the Eastern Conference.
Boston’s triumph over Philly didn’t last long though, as the Miami Heat eventually upset them in another seven-game nail-biter.
Nevertheless, Tatum better live up to expectations next season, as the Celtics will once again be favored to top the East considering their new addition in Kristaps Porzingis and a core that remains the same at large minus Marcus Smart.
Unless Tatum takes an even greater leap, especially as a leader, Smart’s absence could still well enough to prevent them from another Finals appearance, as he has always been their team’s heart and soul. If so, it would be poetic if the Philadelphia 76ers become the team that makes them realize their mistake.
Good luck with that.
Meanwhile, you can watch Jayson Tatum’s otherwise hilarious jabs with Kevin Hart here.