Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has revealed that he is still dealing with the aftereffects of COVID-19 after testing positive more than a month ago. Tatum, who played on January 8 versus the Washington Wizards, spent 17 days out of the lineup after testing positive for the coronavirus as he made his return on January 25.
"I think it messes with your breathing a little bit," Tatum said on Tuesday, per ESPN. "I have experienced some games where, I don't want to say [I was] struggling to breathe, but, you know, you get fatigued a lot quicker than normal.
"Just running up and down the court a few times, it's easier to get out of breath or tired a lot faster. I've noticed that since I've had COVID. It's just something I'm working on. "It's gotten better since the first game I played, but I still deal with it from time to time."
Tatum regularly talking to the Celtics
Tatum has had some difficulties with his breathing but he is averaging a career-high 35.3 minutes per game. However, Tatum is regularly speaking to Celtics coach Brad Stevens and giving him updates on his condition throughout games "It's something that we've talked about," Tatum said.
"And it's not like every game where I feel it the whole game. It's just certain stretches where breathing is a little out of whack, and I talk to the medical staff and coaching staff about it. It's gotten better, obviously, from the first game I came back and played.
"I guess it's just a long process. I've talked to other guys that have had it, and they say they experienced the same thing and it kind of just gets better over time. But as much as we play, I guess it takes a little bit longer."
Tatum is a top star on the Celtics team but he can't play full 48 minutes. "Sometimes my 15-year-old asks me when I get home ... 'Why isn't Tatum in here? Why isn't Brown in here?' Because they have to sit sometime," Celtics coach Stevens said with a laugh before Sunday's loss in Washington.
"You can't play those guys 48 minutes a game every single night, right? So, you are balancing that." Tatum is having a great season for the Celtics as so far this year he has been averaging 25.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists.