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The NBA draft is typically a joyful night, but the absence of Kentucky's Terrence Clarke couldn't be ignored. Clarke tragically died in April after a car accident, and his presence was sorely missed on Thursday night.
Commissioner Adam Silver took a moment during the draft to honor Clarke's memory, and ceremonially draft him into the NBA. Silver invited his mother, sister, and brother on stage to share the moment. Clarke's mother was weeping throughout, still grieving the loss of her son.
— NBA (@NBA) July 30, 2021
Clarke's teammates, friends, fans, and even his coach spent time honoring him on social media throughout the day leading up to the draft.
I want to take a moment to remind everyone that this would have been Terrence Clarke’s big night as well. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, his mom, Osmine, and their family. I can only imagine how wide that smile of his would have been hearing his name called. pic.twitter.com/2tr9gJwBWY
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 29, 2021
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 29, 2021
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 30, 2021
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 30, 2021
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 29, 2021
Rest In Peace, TC5️⃣🕊️
You represented your city proudly and will forever be a part of the NBA family. pic.twitter.com/Q9isuWNIFH
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 30, 2021
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 30, 2021
The @NBA i respect y’all for that! His family will forever appreciate this moment 🙏🏾🙏🏾
— R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) July 30, 2021
— Thon Maker ™ (@ThonMaker14) July 30, 2021
You made it! I know you up there smiling right now lil bro. Shoutout to the @NBA . Special moment! LLTC5💙🙏🏾
— Jarred Vanderbilt (@JVando) July 30, 2021
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