Openly gay NBA veteran Jason Collins marched in the 43rd annual Boston Pride Parade. Marching with him, and wearing some sweet bell bottoms, was Collins’ Stanford roommate, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy.
Well, that was quick … TMZ has learned Jason Collins has officially been asked to lead Boston’s pride parade this summer, hours after the NBA star announced that he’s gay. A rep for parade tells TMZ, “Boston Pride is formally inviting Jason Collins to be a Marshal in the 2013 Boston Pride Parade … Boston Pride is proud that our annual celebration helped to inspire Jason Collins to make his groundbreaking decision to come out.”
Evans Clinchy: “I don’t do that. I don’t use tragedy for sports. We want to win because we want to win.” –Doc Rivers on the marathon being “inspirational”
The Celtics have partnered with adidas to create a special Celtics limited edition t-shirt bearing the words “Boston Stands as One”. 2,620 of the shirts have been created with 100% of the proceeds from sales donated to The One Fund Boston. These adidas t-shirts, also known as “warm-up shirts,” will be available to consumers at Celtics.com/shop, NBAstore.com, adidas.com, the ProShop at the TD Garden, the NBA Store in New York as well as adidas retail locations.
The Boston Celtics announced today multiple initiatives to support victims affected by the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation has committed to raise $200,000 to support The One Fund Boston to help the families affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy through a $100,000 pledge from the Shamrock Foundation and multiple team initiatives to raise an additional $100,000.
Baxter Holmes: Am told the @NBA will make a six-figure donation to The One Fund Boston to help victims of Monday’s Marathon bombing.
Due to the cancellation of Tuesday’s home game against the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s Boston Celtics will not play a game at the TD Garden until next week in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks. Yet, for Wednesday night’s regular season finale, their opponents ensured that the occasion would not go unnoticed. Before tipoff at the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Raptors and their fans observed a moment of silence and gave their support for the city with the slogan “Tonight, we are all Boston fans.” Then, as the Celtics starting lineup was introduced, they played “Sweet Caroline” as a small attempt to help the visitors feel at home. You can watch a video of the ceremony above (via Beyond the Buzzer). After the jump, see how the Celtics are honoring the victims of the bombings for Wednesday’s game.
Rivers’s family, knowing he lives near the finish line, reached out often, and his daughter called and texted over and over and over. He finally got back, saying he was fine. First responders told everyone nearby to stay inside. Rivers didn’t leave his residence the rest of the night. But Rivers stared out the window near the Marathon’s finish and saw clusters of people wandering, gathering at Boston Common. “They didn’t have anywhere to go,” he said.
His car emerged from a nearby tunnel when a bomb exploded. He didn’t hear it, but he soon saw people running and ambulances. He clicked the radio on. He heard. From there, the Celtics coach just wanted to go home. “It was hysteria, it was crazy,” he said Tuesday, when his team was practicing here instead of preparing to play the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden because the NBA canceled that game in light of the deadly bombings at the Marathon. Rivers estimated that it took him an hour to travel five blocks. Like many phones in the city, his wasn’t taking calls. But text messages came through. He said he received a “million” of them, from friends, family, other NBA coaches.
“It wasn’t going to feel right to play a basketball game tonight just out of respect, and then out of diverting police resources in any way to playing a game. I’d rather personally have them able to work on the crime scene and help care for anybody who needs help in Boston as opposed to helping patrol our game. It just didn’t feel right at all to be playing tonight. It was an easy decision, which we made together.”
Greg Stiemsma: An unbelievable tragedy in Boston today too. Can’t believe people are sick enough to do things like that. #PrayersForBoston
Damien Wilkins: Sad sad day. Crazy ass world we live in man…tell ya ppl you love em. G’night twitter fam #bostonmarathon
Like the rest of the world, the Knicks were sickened and horrified by the news of the deadly bombings in Boston yesterday. “It’s sickening. I have a son, a lot of people have sons,” said Steve Novak, specifically addressing the tragedy of the 8-year-old boy who was killed. “It’s just sick sometimes what goes on. That’s the world we live in and those kind of things happen. You can’t live in fear. You’ve got to live your life, it doesn’t change. “The fact it was a marathon, a sporting event, it hits close to home for all of us. You just hope it stops. You just can’t know what goes on in somebody’s head.”
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle began his playing career in Boston. He was picked in the third round of the 1984 draft by the Celtics and was part of their 1986 NBA championship. “Sickening. Tragic. That’s about all I can think of right now,” Carlisle said about the bombings before the game. “They used to run right by my place. … It’s great. Every year, it’s a big deal.”
Josh Corbeil, the Pacers head trainer, attended Boston University and spent some time there after the Red Sox game visiting friends. He was on the subway that runs near the marathon route to return to the hotel when it suddenly stopped at Kenmore Square. “We were sitting there and then they made people get off and go upstairs,” Corbeil said. “I turned my phone on and had like a million messages. Where the train stopped was two stops away from the finish line.”
The Pacers normally stay near the Copley Square area, where the explosions took place, because it is conveniently located to Emerson College, where they practice, and the TD Garden. But their first hotel option was under construction and their second sold out, so they stayed out by the water.
The Pacers are currently in Boston, to play the Celtics on Tuesday night. We have talked to the team and everyone in the travel party has been accounted for. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected in Boston.