Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Josh Richardson and Aaron Nesmith were all ready for the unveiling of Terrence Clarke Memorial Gym, named in honor of the Boston native and former Kentucky basketball player who died in a car accident last April in Los Angeles.
He had been projected as a first-round pick in the NBA Draft and had formed strong friendships with a number of Celtics players. Brown spoke at the ceremony and introduced Clarke’s mother, Osmine Clarke, with a piece of parquet floor.
“It meant the whole world to me. Of course, a lot of emotion for everyone,” Brown said after Monday’s victory over Houston. “Some of the things that you may have been distracted by and then being able to celebrate bring all those emotions back to the front.
“He’s not around, he’s not here, and stuff like that. It’s not fair,” he said. “That’s what’s ugly about it. I said it yesterday, but we have a saying that we say in our family that energy lasts forever. We really believe that if we keep saying his name and remember him, that energy will still be present.So Terrence is no longer here with us today, but as long as I am here, part of him lives with me and part of him lives in all of us.So I will continue to celebrate him and his family for giving us Terrence, for he was a great boy, man, he really was. ”
A lawsuit in Georgia
Brown, one of the NBA’s most respected young voices, is paying close attention to the lawsuit against three white Georgia men accused of murdering in 2020’s death. Ahmaud Arbery.
“What has been my reaction? I think my reaction is the same as I have had over and over and over again,” said the Celtics striker. “Senseless violence happens, of course. But when it comes to a system that is not able to protect people who are taxpayers and people who deserve to be protected, it gets tired.We keep hearing the same words being used – reform, we have to reform.But I’m tired of hearing the word reform.The reform does not work in my opinion.If I reform my garage, I can change something.If I reform my house, I may want to change some things.But if it is still the same house – the foundation of this country was built on systemic inequality, racism, etc. And until we get to the root of things, we will continue to have the same cases. And we will continue to have the same reactions. Hopefully we will be surprised when this Ahmaud Arbery trial continues. “But we’ll see how it goes.”
Rob Williams handles several minutes
Now that he is averaging just over 30 minutes in a match – a dramatic increase over last season’s average of 18.9 – Robert Williams seems to accept that soreness in the knee will be part of the purchase.
The Celtics center returned to Houston Monday night after missing the previous three games with soreness in the knee.
“It feels good. We’ve tested it from day to day,” he said. “In terms of maintenance, no matter what maintenance I need to take care of my body, the more the better, of course. But just by realizing what’s going on, the increase in minutes, getting all the treatment, maintenance I need. It is the most important.”
Williams said he does not want to be under a limit of minutes and that with the increased minute load simply comes a need to better monitor his knee.
“Nothing really different, just maybe a little more attention to detail, as far as lifting, see it,” he said. “But you really just have to adapt to the minutes.”
It’s a conversation Williams has had with his coaches since the start of the season.
“I definitely think the jump in minutes will be different for him,” he said Ime Udoka. “But at the same time we had conversations when I was hired about it and so he had to get in shape, prepare for longer stays this season. He’s taking it in and he’s been fantastic in that role But at the same time it’s an increase and he’s had a story and we’re aware of it. His preparation has been great and his time on the field has been great. Increased role, more minutes. If he can stay healthy, and he is out there, he has proven that he can play some of the longer stretches. ”
“That’s what I talked to him about getting into the season. I mentioned it part of his growth and the extended minutes, and got his minutes up for longer periods. So that’s the plan. He needs to be careful with his preparation. and rehabilitation.The same way Jayson (Tatum) and guys are, they go through some things. So it is up to him and the medical staff to get him ready, prepare him in terms of rehabilitation, strengthening everything. You will also pay attention to the minutes and the rise because you have not had it. For him, I think, over time, they lay down a little together. I think we’ve played 30 minutes extra, so it’s a completely different match for a guy like him on top of the minute increase. We are aware of that. But at the same time he is a younger guy, and we want him to run the longer distances than Al. ”
Jaylen Brown returns, but with limits
Jaylen Brown returned after eight games of absence due to a tense hamstring, and unlike Williams, he did not get an unlimited playing time.
“Try to hold him for about 24 minutes – probably four six-minute stints. Keep it lower, keep him away from fatigue. We will monitor it, just see how he feels,” Udoka said. “He has done things with others young guys as well as some of the coaches. Trying to retrain, of course (getting up) shots, but we’re doing shootarounds, and so he’s getting used to the group, with the starting group the last few days. ”
An all-star tandem
Brown’s absence has not helped in terms of his ever-evolving chemistry with Tatum, though his minute limitation, oddly enough, could lead to more time on the floor at the same time as his other all-star.
“They’re obviously the two guys you’re going to see a lot of on the pitch and they have to learn to play together, and they’ve been doing that all these years,” Udoka said. “But it’s a bit of both. We would initially shift their minutes. It will be a little different tonight where he is on a restriction where they can be out at the same time due to his shorter stints, but the end of the game and the game’s meat they will be out there together.
“So they have to learn to play together, play out of each other and pick their seats when both are on the court. It’s something they’ve done over the years. You have two young scoring superstars like that, it’s only natural that they play together and playing out of each other.So I do not think it’s a big adjustment for them, especially the end of the game, they want to be out there so it’s up to us to put them in sets to find out, but I think they read each other well, choose to mock each other and are both just aggressive. ”
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