It's a very sad day for Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, his family and friends. His mother, Alicia Jones-Bradley (better known as Lisa), passed away Tuesday morning.
Details are still fuzzy, but her passing was confirmed by Avery's former teammate, Jason Terry, in a tweet Tuesday morning. Terry's condolences came after a series of cryptic tweets surrounding Bradley's Twitter account, prompted originally by former Texas baller T.J. Ford this morning.
"Pray for my brother @Avery_Bradley," Ford wrote.
The 22-year-old Bradley, who will enter his fourth season with the Celtics this fall, was extremely close with Lisa. A single mom since AB's parents divorced, she was quoted in a 2010 Boston Globe article about the importance of working hard to support her kids' upbringings.
Mothers just do what they have to do she said. “Because my husband and I weren’t together and our children were used to living a certain way, I didn’t feel like they needed to be without that even though they weren’t going to have both parents in the household.
She said her work ethic, mixed with the natural feelings of divorce guilt, motivated her to give AB a great life despite the tough times. She even hand-picked the Tacoma, Washington restaurant where his family and friends celebrated after the Celtics drafted him with the 19th pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
“I just worked my butt off to make sure they had what they needed. And you know once they start getting older those gym shoes cost a lot. It may have been a guilt thing, but it was something I felt like I owed my children to make sure they were comfortable in the transition going from two parents to one.’’
The CLNS family extends its deepest condolences to Avery, his family and friends, as well as the Celtics community on this extremely difficult day.