Multi-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA player Jayson Tatum has revealed that he played for several months with an undisclosed fracture to his left wrist.
The 24-year-old disclosed the information to Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks as he talked about several topics ranging from the regular season, to his feelings after the finals, and even the viral workout picture with Kevin Durant.
He then told Rooks about the injury during the live interview when she asked if he had dealt with any wear-and-tear throughout the season.
‘Whenever the Super Bowl was we played the Hawks at home, and I remember driving back to the house… and I keep looking at my wrist because it’s like, something is weighing on it,’ Tatum started off saying.
‘Long story short my wrist was really really bothering me, and I started taping my wrist, I had a pad on it in games.’
Tatum would continue to tell that his personal trainer noticed and the two of them had planned to get it looked at before the All-Star break, but he grew nervous as the break grew closer because he knew something was wrong.
‘I knew how much pain I was in. I couldn’t push my wrist back, or at home I couldn’t hold a plate, or a cup. After every game I had to wear a brace to keep it stable, I had to sleep in it,’ Tatum said.
It was not until the Celtics had about a week off before the postseason did Tatum’s trainer finally convince him to get the wrist looked at, though he was determined to play in the playoffs regardless of what the test showed.
Now approximately eight weeks later an x-ray discovered that he had a non-displaced fracture. In layman’s terms the bone had chipped but did not leave the surface, Tatum explained.
He further went onto say he received a cortisone shot in his wrist during the playoffs to deal with the pain after he fell on the wrist while playing the Milwaukee Bucks.
One of the underlying factors that Tatum harped on during this segment of the interview was how much he hates not playing, which led to his nervousness and putting off getting the wrist looked at.
‘I never want anybody to tell me I can’t play. My teammates they know that I never want to miss a game… I hate coming out, I hate getting subbed out,’ he added.
He says now that he has had time to heal the wrist even though one part of his hand has lost color as a result of the cortisone shot.