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NBA pays tribute to Terrence Clarke during draft

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The NBA took a moment during Thursday's draft to honor Kentucky star Terrence Clarke, who tragically passed away in a car accident last April.

Clarke, who hailed from Boston, declared for the 2021 NBA Draft in March and was expected to be a first-round selection. During the draft, commissioner Adam Silver took the podium to help make Clarke's lifelong dream come true.

With Clarke's family in attendance, Silver made a special announcement.

"With the next pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the NBA selects Terrence Clarke from the University of Kentucky."

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics paid tribute to Clarke on Twitter. Brown and Tatum were friends and mentors of Clarke's.

Clarke was 19 years old.