‘Built for Basketball’: Jayson Tatum Was Born and Raised to Be an NBA Star – Bleacher Report

Duke's Jayson Tatum (0) reacts following a play against Florida State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Duke won 75-70. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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DURHAM, N.C. — The low point?

That’s easy.    

There are any number of difficult times to choose from, sure. When bills were left unpaid for months. When utilities were turned off. For a few years, Jayson Tatum would sleep in the same bed as his mother, Brandy Cole. For a time, they didn’t have any furniture at all.

But that stuff was just details—the kind of challenges and struggles you’d expect when you’re the only child of a single mom who had you at age 19. And Cole shielded her son from most of it. She was determined that—no matter what the statistics showed about teenage parents—she would become a success and he would learn from that. So she didn’t let him worry about the everyday struggles during those times.

Her goal was always to show him that they were moving toward a good life.

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