Jaylen brown, Jayson tatum, Marcus Intelligent, Josh richardson and Aaron Nesmith were all present for the unveiling of the Terrence Clarke Memorial Gym, named in honor of the Boston native and former Kentucky basketball player who died in a car crash last April in Los Angeles.
He had been screened 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.
“It meant the world to me. Obviously a lot of emotions for everyone,” Brown said after Monday’s win over Houston. “Some of the things you might have been distracted by then being able to celebrating it brings all those emotions back to the fore.
“He’s not here, he’s not here, and things like that.” It’s not fair, ”he said. “That’s what sucks. I said it yesterday, but we have a saying that we say in our family that the energy lasts forever. We truly believe that if we keep saying his name and remembering him, that energy will still be there. So Terrence isn’t here with us anymore today, but as long as I’m here a part of him lives with me and a part of him lives in each of us. So I’m gonna keep celebrating him and his family for giving us Terrence, because he was a great boy, man, he really was.
A trial in Georgia
Brown, one of the NBA’s most respected young voices, pays close attention to the trial of three white Georgia men charged with murder in the 2020 death of Ahmaud Arbery.
“What was my reaction? I think my reaction is the same as I’ve had time and time again, ”said the Celtics forward. “Mindless violence happens of course. But when it comes to a system that is incapable of protecting taxpayers and the people who deserve to be protected, it tiresome. We keep hearing the same words: reform, we must reform. But I’m sick of hearing the word reform. The reform is not working in my opinion. If I reform my garage, maybe I will change something. If I reform my house, I could change some things. But if it’s still the same house – the foundation of this country was built on systemic inequality, racism, etc. And until we get to the root of it, we’ll keep having these same cases. And we will continue to have these same reactions. Hopefully we’ll be surprised when this Ahmaud Arbery trial continues, but we’ll see how it goes. ”
Rob Williams manages the increase in minutes
Now that he’s averaging just over 30 minutes per game – a dramatic increase from last season’s 18.9 average – Robert williams seems to accept that knee pain is part of the market.
The Celtics center returned against Houston on Monday night after missing the previous three games with knee pain.
“It feels good. We tested it day by day, ”he said. “As far as maintenance goes, whatever maintenance I need to take care of my body, obviously the more the merrier. But just realizing what’s going on, increasing the number of minutes, getting all the treatments, the maintenance that I need. This is the main. ”
Williams said he would not be subject to a minute restriction and that with the increase in the number of minutes there was simply a need to better watch his knee.
“Nothing really different, just maybe a little more attention to detail when it comes to lifting, looking at that,” he said. “But you really have to adapt to the minutes. ”
It’s a conversation Williams has had with his coaches since the start of the season.
“I think the minute jump is going to be different for him for sure,” said Imé 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 stints this season. He takes that to heart and he’s been great in that role. But at the same time it’s an increase and it has had a story and we are aware of that. His preparation was excellent and his time in the field was excellent. Role increased, minutes increased. If he can stay healthy and he’s out there, he’s proven that he can play some of those longer stretches.
“That’s what I told him about at the start of the season. I talked a bit about his growth and extended minutes, increasing his minutes in longer stints. So that’s the plan. He must be meticulous in his preparation and rehabilitation. In the same way Jayson (Tatum) and guys are, they go through some stuff. So it’s up to him and the medical staff to prepare him, to prepare him until rehabilitation, strengthening everything. You also need to factor in the minutes and the increase because you haven’t had any. For him, I think overtime added up a bit. I think we played an extra 30 minutes so it’s a whole different game for a guy like him besides the increased minutes anyway. We are aware of this. But at the same time, he’s a younger guy and we want him to go the longer stretches than Al. ”
Jaylen Brown returns, but with limits
Jaylen brown came back after an eight-game absence due to hamstring strain and, unlike Williams, did not have an unlimited window of playing time.
“Try to keep it around 24 minutes – probably four six-minute stints. Keep it lower, keep it away from fatigue. We’ll be watching that, let’s just see how he feels, ”Udoka said. “He did things with other kids as well as with some coaches. Trying to readjust, obviously (getting up) from the shots, but we’re doing shootarounds and so he’s acclimating with the group, with the starting group these last few days.
A tandem of stars
Brown’s absence didn’t help in terms of his still-developing chemistry with Tatum, although oddly enough his minute restriction could lead to more time on the court at the same time as his fellow all-star.
“These are obviously the two guys you’re going to see a ton on the pitch and they have to learn to play together, and they have all those years,” Udoka said. “But it’s a bit of both. Initially, we would stagger their minutes. It’s going to be a little different tonight with him being on a restriction where they could be out at the same time due to his shorter stints, but at the end of the game and the meat of the game, they’re going to be out there together.
“So they have to learn to play together, to compete and to choose their place when they are both on the pitch. It’s something they’ve done over the years. You have two young superstars like that, it’s only natural that they play together and play against each other. So I don’t think that’s a big adjustment for them, especially at the end of the game, they’re going to be there, so it’s up to us to put them in sets to sort that out, but I think they read well, choose stand out from each other and are both just aggressive.