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Hardly Home But Always Representing, Thanks Boston
The city of Boston; a place that is dear to my heart and will forever be the place for sports and for the place that raised me into the man I am today. First, I would like to take the time out to acknowledge Stephen Alford from Roslindale MA. This inspiring man always saw the potential in me from the beginning and placed me in a position that I would’ve never imagined I would be in today. I want to thank you and want to let you know that I have been working hard and will continue to work hard to make you proud.. I also want to thank the Boston Celtics Organization, and the Boston Celtics fans that have always showed me love since I started covering the team in 2008. I am here to announce that I am taking this opportunity in Oklahoma City with the Thunder. Although I will miss Boston very much, I am taking this opportunity to move forward in my career in a different atmosphere, and to challenge myself to be a better journalist. The years of covering the Boston Celtics will live with me forever and the moments in the TD Garden will never be taken away from me either. As a Boston inner city kid, to actually cover the team that I always cheered for and say that I was able to experience the nights like when Paul Pierce passed Larry Legend on the Celtics all-time scoring list or the night KG & Paul came back to the TD Garden in an emotional return; is something I will cherish forever. These past years I have met a lot of people and networked with them to get where I am in my writing career today. I want to give a special thanks to Gethin Coolbaugh for being there every step of the way as a brother and friend. You don’t understand how much your support pushed me to be the person I am today and I truly appreciate it. I have also developed another mother in Miriam Yorks who has worked for the Boston Celtics for over 20 years and has guided me and helped me along the way with networking and building my confidence as a writer and reporter. Every night when I stepped into the arena and looked at the 17 banners I knew I was setting an example for the Dorchester community I grew up in which was been a great privlidge and honor. I lost my Father in 2010 and he was one of the biggest Boston Celtics fan I knew. Covering the team was very emotional as I knew he was watching me and guiding my every move, every year as a guardian angel. I want to also thank Gary Washburn from the Boston Globe, Kyle Draper from CSNNE, Sherrod Blakely from CSNNE, Brad Johnson, Mike Shalin, Robert Gray from Bethel AME for the motivational words at games that encouraged me to keep pushing and pursuing my dreams and making them a reality. A lot of times I felt I was out of place but you all made me feel apart of the veteran writers and I thank you all for the shoulder to lean on. I thank Jeff Twiss and Brian Olive for the opportunity to cover the 17 time champion Boston Celtics even though I almost got kicked out my first ever game for taking pictures with the players in 2008. Jeff Twiss and the Celtics organization have seen me grow from a boy to a man and nothing will ever take away the moments they have presented me with from All Star Weekends to the NBA Regular Season because they changed my life forever.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE FANS OF THE BOSTON CELTICS AND THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND MY COVERAGE OF THE CELTICS. ITS #TEAMCELTICS FOREVER EVEN WHEN I HEAD TO OKC REMEMBER THAT #BANNER18