The Boston Celtics honored the 19-year-old Terrence Clarke, at their first home game. The tragic loss led them to observe a moment of silence in his name. Moreover, the jumbotron flashed with images of Clarke with players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum before the Thunder’s game.
Clarke was originally from Boston. Therefore, it was fitting that the Celtics were the first team to honor the departed soul. Terrence Clarke played for the University of Kentucky and had just declared for the NBA drafts this season.
The Celtics held a moment of silence for Terrence Clarke before tonight's game against the Thunder 💚
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— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 28, 2021
According to his teammates, he was a prolific player who was the best player in his batch. After his demise, many notable NBA greats like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade paid their respects. Jaylen Brown even requested the NBA to announce his name in this year’s draft.
Terrence Clarke – a promising prospect meets a painful end
The Los Angeles Police Department reported that Clarke suffered fatal injuries during the car crash. He was further declared deceased after his arrival at the hospital.
John Calipari, the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, was deeply disheartened by the incident. He said, “I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile, and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.”
Notable organizations and companies also paid their respect to the departed soul. Following that, “Klutch Sports”, of which Clarke was a part, issued a statement conveying their grief, regarding the events that transpired.
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