If you’ve been following the Boston Celtics during the NBA playoffs, then you’ve probably noticed the new and unusually delightful “friendship” between Celtics point guard Terry Rozier and former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
Where do we even begin with this? It’s already amazing enough that the undermanned Celtics are advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will face the daunting task of competing against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This little storyline on the side involving Rozier and Bledsoe has made this playoff run for the Celtics even more enjoyable.
It all began during Boston’s first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, when Rozier seemingly made an honest mistake in referring to Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe as “Drew Bledsoe.” Eric wasn’t overly amused by Rozier’s slip up, claiming that he “didn’t even know who the (expletive)” Terry Rozier was.
It was a total BS response, but if Eric didn’t know who he was before then, he quickly found out, as Rozier averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists as the Celtics eliminated Milwaukee in seven games.
Since then, Rozier and Drew Bledsoe have kept the storyline going, as Rozier showed up to the TD Garden for Game 1 of the second round series against the Philadelphia 76ers sporting a throwback royal blue Patriots jersey from the mid-90s, featuring Bledsoe’s name and No. 11. Bledsoe has also posted photos of himself on Instagram wearing a “Scary Terry” themed T-shirt. To get in on the fun, even longtime Boston fans have broken out their old Bledsoe jerseys from way back in the day, many of them probably wearing them again for the first time in years.
The excitement culminated on Wednesday at Game 5 between the Celtics and Sixers at the TD Garden, when Bledsoe made the trip all the way from his home in Washington to Boston for the game. Bledsoe and Rozier finally met in person, posing for a photo before the game, and Bledsoe sat courtside to cheer on the Celtics while sporting a green Rozier jersey. With Bledsoe looking on, the Celtics squeezed out a 114-112 victory to eliminate the Sixers and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year.
This is probably the most attention Bledsoe has received amidst the Boston sports scene since he was the starting quarterback for the Patriots from 1993 to 2001. When Bledsoe was exiled from New England to Buffalo in favor of Tom Brady in 2002, Rozier was just eight years old.
I don’t know about you, but I say the Celtics should invite Bledsoe to attend all of the upcoming playoff games against the Cavaliers as Rozier’s good luck charm.