NBA Rumor: Terrence Clarke Death

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Family, friends, and former teammates said their final goodbyes on Friday to Terrence Clarke, a basketball player with the University of Kentucky and a Boston native who died in a car accident in Los Angeles. A funeral for Clarke took place at Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan on Friday afternoon. University of Kentucky coach John Calipari and Clarke’s college teammates were among the mourners.

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Before taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics shifted their focus to Terrence Clarke. Clarke tragically died in a car accident on the way home from a workout in Los Angeles on April 22. The Kentucky standout and Dorchester, Mass. native was preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft. The Celtics honored Clarke with a moment of silence ahead of Tuesday’s game.

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“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”
Storyline: Olympic Games