Jared Weiss: Kemba Walker on the tragic passing of his …

Jared Weiss: Kemba Walker on the tragic passing of his friend Terrence Clarke: “He’s a very good kid. Just always smiling, always chatting. He was about to get his opportunity too. My condolences to his family. It’s a tough time. That’s really tough news to hear. I don’t know what to say.”

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Tyrese Maxey: My heart is extremely heavy right now! 🥺 HUG YOUR LOVED ONES! Prayers up to my man Terrence Clarke’s Family! ❤️ MUCH LOVE BRO! #riptclarke
Miles Bridges: Gone way too soon man 💔 pic.twitter.com/bj3sbPefhZ
Miles Bridges: Not T Clarke 💔💔
TJ Warren: T Clarke 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
Josh Robbins: Mo Bamba: "I just want to say my condolences to the Clarke family. I found out midgame that Terrence Clarke, who was a promising young man, promising young athlete who, quite frankly, would have been in this league next year, he died. ... My heart ...
Adrian Wojnarowski: Terrence Clarke, a Kentucky freshman guard headed for the NBA Draft, died following a car accident in the Los Angeles-area this afternoon, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. Clarke’s mother was at his side when he passed on Thursday. He was 19 years old.
Boston native and former Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke has died in a car accident, a source tells Boston.com. WKYT in Kentucky was first to report the news. Clarke signed with Klutch Sports earlier this week, along with Kentucky teammate Brandon Boston Jr. According to WKYT, Clarke was leaving a workout in Los Angeles at the time of the accident.
Clarke would have entered the NBA Draft in three months. He was close with multiple members of the Celtics, including Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker. Walker was asked about Clarke after Thursday’s game. “Very, very, very tough,” Walker said. “Very tough news, man. He’s a very, very good kid. Just always smiling, always energetic. And he was about to get his opportunity, too. My condolences to his family. It’s a tough time, man. That’s really tough news to hear.”
Tarek Fattal: CONFIRMED: Brandon Boston Jr. is OK. Sierra Canyon basketball assistant confirms Boston is OK. Boston was reportedly driving behind Terrence Clarke when Clarke was involved in a deadly accident.
KC Johnson: Coby White met Terrence Clarke once, said Clarke peppered him with questions about the NBA. White said Clarke told him, 'I’m going to get there one day. I’m going to be with you.’ White said he's praying for Clarke's family and loved ones.
LeBron James: REST IN PARADISE NEPHEW!!! 💔🙏🏾✊🏾👑 #YoungKing🤴🏾
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green are among the initial commitments to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, sources tell The Athletic. Lillard, who turns 31 on July 15, will be playing in his first Olympics after dropping out of consideration for the 2016 Rio Games, where the U.S. men’s team won its third consecutive gold medal. Green, 31, was a part of the 2016 team, which finished the tournament 8-0.
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Stevens interviewed Celtics assistants Jay Larranaga, Scott Morrison and Jerome Allen and plans to broaden the search to include Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham and Billups, a person with knowledge of the process told USA TODAY Sports. ESPN reported the Celtics wanted to interview Nets assistant Ime Udoka, Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley and Bucks assistant Charles Lee. Coaching insiders indicate the Celtics will hire externally rather than promoting from within.
Lillard, a six-time All-Star and face of the franchise, may not have the final say in who is chosen. But it’s prudent for Olshey to get his input as the Blazers make an important hire as Lillard enters the first year of his four-year extension in 2021-22. Allen wanted the list to include women candidates, and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will interview for the job, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about candidates. The Blazers also received permission to speak with South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley.
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For the past few seasons, people from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to former WNBA and G League coach and NBA assistant coach Nancy Lieberman said a woman will be hired as a head coach soon. How soon is soon? In an interview last season with USA TODAY Sports, NBA president of league operations Byron Spurell said, “We want it to happen organically, and when the right opportunity matches the right person, this will happen. We just feel we’re so well positioned. If it happens tomorrow or the next day or this season or a few seasons away, we’re really close. But we’re not putting a timetable on it.” Lieberman told USA TODAY Sports: “It’s right in front of us. It’s going to happen.”
Hammon has put in the work. She runs portions of practices, writes game plans and scouting reports for opponents and delivers the intel to the team and works with players on individual development. “Becky’s in a spot now where she’s in a position of power,” Spurs guard Patty Mills told USA TODAY Sports. “She’s able to direct guys on what to do and that all comes from work ethic and what she does behind the scenes and getting herself and our team ready for games. She is an NBA coach who knows her (expletive) and gets it done.”
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