Jayson Tatum has led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals. He has been crucial in getting them past some extremely tough teams in the 

Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat, and he could potentially get the Boston Celtics their first championship since the 2008 season.

The Los Angeles Lakers notably could have selected Jayson Tatum with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but they went with point guard Lonzo Ball instead.

Recently, Jayson Tatum opened up on what it was like to miss out on his "dream" of playing for his "favorite team" at the time.

The Celtics had the No. 1 pick, but traded down with Philadelphia, which used the pick to select University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz. The Lakers sat at No. 2 and 

were fixated on UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. They didn't even bring Tatum in for a workout.

Tatum saw them as slights and used them as motivation: "The Lakers were my favorite team, and Kobe was my favorite player," says Tatum, who wore a purple No. 24 

wristband to honor Bryant in Boston's win against the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. "So it was crazy that the Lakers had the second pick and I was so close to a dream 

come true. But it was just like they didn't want anything to do with me at the time."