Boston Rumors

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.”
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,,, the ProShop at the TD Garden, the NBA Store in New York as well as adidas retail locations.
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.”
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.”
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.”