After securing his first NBA championship with the Boston Celtics’ victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the Finals, Jayson Tatum reflects on the journey and the criticism he endured along the way.

After Game 5, in which Tatum scored a game-high 31 points, he addressed the criticism he faced over the years for not having won a championship.

“These last seven years have been a rollercoaster. Up and down. I had to listen to all the sh*t people said about me. Tonight it was worth it,” Tatum said.

Over the course of seven years, Tatum experienced the highs and lows of his career, all while contending with the scrutiny and doubt from critics.

With the championship win, Tatum feels a sense of vindication, recognizing that his perseverance has paid off in the ultimate achievement.