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Celtics GM Danny Ainge reacts to John Calipari’s heartfelt Terrence Clarke post

Celtics, Danny Ainge, John Calipari, Terrence Clarke

As the sports world and world at large still reels from the loss of 19-year-old basketball player Terrence Clarke, Kentucky head coach John Calipari shared some images of a young Clarke visiting the Garden to watch a Boston Celtics game from a few years ago.

Danny Ainge, the Celtics President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, responded with a tribute of his own for the young player–whose life was tragically cut short in a car accident in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 22.

Terrence Clarke played his lone college season at Kentucky (appearing in only eight games due to injury) and was a highly touted prospect for the school. A McDonald’s All-American, Clarke was the eighth-ranked prospect according to the RSCI Top 100 coming out of high school.

Despite missing all that time at Kentucky, Clarke declared for the NBA draft after the Wild Cats’ season ended and was expected to be drafted in the first round.

Now, he will never get that chance due to another driver running a red light in the San Fernando Valley at a “high rate of speed,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The other driver claimed no injuries after the accident.

For what it’s worth, Celtics star Jaylen Brown recently pleaded for Adam Silver and the NBA to call Clarke’s name in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft.

Calling Clarke his little brother, the Celtics guard shared that the awesome gesture is what they need to do to remember the late youngster.

Coach Calipari was crushed following Clarke’s untimely death and offered up this statement following the tragic loss of life:

“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now… May he rest in peace,” Calipari said, per NBC Sports.