Saturday, April 24, 2021

Jayson Tatum remembers Terrence Clarke as a 'smiling little brother'

It has been a tough couple of days for Jayson Tatum since learning about the tragic death of Terrence Clarke on Thursday.

The Celtics All-Star opened up about his bond with the Boston native and 2021 NBA Draft prospect following the team's loss to the Brooklyn Nets Friday night. Tatum described the 19-year-old former guard at the University of Kentucky as a "smiling little brother." Clarke died after injuries suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles and his passing has prompted an outpour of grief from his hometown and the basketball community.
"He was a great kid," Tatum said postgame. "Obviously, he was extremely talented, but just the kind of person he was. He was always smiling. He always had a smile on his face and just in a good mood.
"Over the last probably three years, I've been in the gym with him. He used to come to a lot of our home games. He came to my birthday dinner last year. We talked a lot over the phone — I wish we would've talked more but, you know, kind of like a little brother. Someone that reached out for advice.

"He was such a good kid. Always joking, always laughing. Obviously, you can see how many people knew him and had a relationship with him and felt that pain yesterday and still is something that is just extremely tough. (I'm) Just praying for his family at this this time. That was a tough loss for everybody."

Tatum paid tribute to his friend on Instagram, while the Boston Red Sox and Celtics also mourned the passing of Clarke.

It has become clear the type of impact Clarke has made not only locally but the sports world in just a few months shy of his two decades on this earth, as it's more than evident of how deeply he's already missed.


Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Javonte Green's Twitter page

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