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A House of Scott Funeral and Cremation Services

1215 Martin Luther King J
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 474-5486
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Autumn Memorial Society

5210 South Alder Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 473-2900
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Cassedy and Alan Mortuary

1002 Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 627-5801
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Commencement Bay Cremation Plan

5302 South Junett Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 383-1829
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Gaffney Funeral Home

1002 Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 572-6003
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Lynn Funeral Home

220 134th Street South
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 272-2131
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Michael Lanza Funeral Home

2215 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 572-4432
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Morley Mellinger Funeral Home

5436 South Puget Sound Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 272-3268
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Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park

4100 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
Tacoma, WA 98499
(253) 666-6613
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New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home

4801 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 472-3369
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Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel Cemery Crmtrm and Clmbrm

5210 South Alder Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 473-2900
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Piper Morley Mellinger Funeral Home

5436 South Puget Sound Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 472-3353
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Tacoma Mausoleum and Mortuary

5302 South Junett Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 474-9574
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Tuell Mckee Funeral Home

2215 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 272-1414
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Washington State Funeral Directors

2115 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 588-7111
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Week's Dryer Mortuary and Cremation Services

220 134th Street South
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 537-0253
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Tacoma WA Obituaries and Death Notices

Tristan Hamilton

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tristan Alexander Hamilton, 15, of Heber Springs, passed away June 14, 2017. He was born November 27, 2001 in Tacoma, Washington. Tristan was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Clinton, enjoyed playing video games and listening to music. He was also a jokester and tried to make everyone around him feel good.Left to cherish Tristan's memory are his mother Anglia Green; father Dale Ludtke, sisters Alicia Pugh of Heber Springs and Amber Pugh of Greenbrier. He is also survived by his niece Ryleigh Green and many cousins and other family and friends.A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. with Brother Bill Moran officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, June 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Clinton Funeral Service.A memorial fund has been set up at Clinton Funeral Service.Arrangements entrusted to Clinton Funeral Service. To sign Tristan's Book of Memories, please go to www.clintonfuneralservice.com.

Briefly The Wire - The Register-Guard

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thomas plans to play in Game 2 Tuesday night then head to Washington to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements.Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma. No funeral date is set, but Stevens said the Celtics plan to attend. Agent pleads guilty to giving benefits HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him.Terry Watson, 43, of Marietta, Ga., entered his plea Monday afternoon in a deal to resolve 3½-year-old felony charges. Watson received 30 months of probation and a $5,000 fine, while Judge Graham Shirley issued a suspended jail sentence of six to eight months.Watson pleaded guilty to the 13 counts of athlete-agent inducement for providing roughly $24,000 in cash and travel accommodations to eventual NFL players Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and Greg Little in 2010. Berdych advances at Monte Carlo MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Tomas Berdych needed two hours and three sets to overcome strong resistance from Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov and reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.All six seeded players in action at the first big clay-court event of the season progressed to the second round: No. 12 Robert Bautista Agut, No. 13 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 14 Alexander Zverev, No. 15 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, and No. 16 Pablo Cuevas. — News service reportsRead more #(##class(csp.rg.assets.methods.category).catName(gStory.story.subCategoryId))# articles here.-- More Briefly articles »...

Obituary: Helen Poe Goodrich, 100, Atria resident, loved sailing, devoted mother, grandmother - Darien Times

Monday, March 13, 2017

Helen Virginia Poe Goodrich passed away on March 7th, 2017 at Atria Darien, in Darien, CT.  She was 5 weeks shy of her 101st birthday.  Helen was born in Tacoma, Washington on April 12, 1916.She was known for her radiant smile, sense of fun and a zest for life.  Her greatest joy came from connections with her family and the many lifelong friends she made on her life’s journey. The most important influences in her life were her family, love of people, nature and her strong Presbyterian faith.  Growing up in the Pacific Northwest she developed a love of the outdoors beginning with camping trips with her family, then from her many years of girl scouting. Helen graduated from Tacoma’s Stadium High School and the University of Washington. In 1939 she was hired to work in the payroll department of Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding in Tacoma, WA.  There she met the love of her life, James F. Goodrich and they had their first date skiing on Mt. Rainier. Helen and Jim married on August 17, 1941 at the start of WW ll.  Children Jim, John and Nancy soon followed and Helen devoted herself to them and all their activities while her husband continued his s...

Deaths for Feb. 1 - The Olympian

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Owen, 92, Bremerton, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Forrest Ridge Health and Rehabilitation, Bremerton. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803.Da, Chan, 78, Tacoma, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey, 360-491-2222.Dollemore-Klemm, Susan Kay, 58, Belfair, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803.Engh, Dick F., 96, Tacoma, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Orchard Park Health & Rehabilitation, Tacoma. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065. Evans, Sherry, 63, Lakewood, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Franciscan Hospice House, University Place. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803.Greenberg, Harold Sidney, 86, Bothell, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.Keck, Jeffrey Brian, 65, Lacey, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.Marks, Marcia, 64, Olympia, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.McMorris, Paul F., 80, Shelton, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Shelton. Forest Funeral Home, Shelton, 360-427-8044. McMullen, Bruce Edward, 47, Yelm, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey, 360-491-2222.Miller, Virginia Ida, 86, Olympia, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065. Minnie, Raymond Frank, 76, Shelton, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at home. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803. Moore, Ercle Christine, 70, Oakville, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.Munro, Barbara Curry, 67, Belfair, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at home. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803. Pitts, Michael Thomas, 82, Raymond, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Willapa Harbor Health and Re...

Deaths for Jan. 28 - The Olympian

Monday, February 06, 2017

Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.King, Stuart George, Sr., 67, Oakville, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. American Memorial Funeral Directors, Tacoma, 800-248-1745.McClanahan, Claude Bane, Jr., 86, Olympia, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Puget Sound Healthcare Center, Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000. Satre, Gerald J., 67, Olympia, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at Olympia Transitional Care and Rehabilitation. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.White, Phyllis, 58, Olympia, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.Wilson, Douglas Carl, 74, Lacey, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.

Wilton Thomas Dunn Jr., 76, managed Tacoma Hunting and Fishing Club - Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Monday, January 09, 2017

He was employed by Chesapeake Corporation for many years before leaving to be involved with several general contracting companies. He also managed Tacoma Hunting and Fishing Club during his working career and through retirement.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th St., West Point. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Brett Reed Presbyterian Church, 29680 King William Road, West Point, VA 23181.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Point Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad Inc., Box X, West Point, VA 23181; or the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Obituary: Wendt - Statesman Journal

Monday, January 02, 2017

Washington; daughter Denise Wendt of Cottage Grove; and daughter Nori (Jay) Wendt Cash of Roy, Washington. She is also survived by four grandchildren — Tyler Wendt (Ashley) of Salem; Patrick Cash of Tacoma, Washington; and Ian and Emma Cash of Roy, Washington.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Marion-Polk Food Share or Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.Funeral services by Weddle Funeral Services.Read or Share this story: http://stjr.nl/2hs03TsThis article passed through the Full-Text RSS service - if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.Recommended article: The Guardian's Summary of Julian Assange's Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False.

Leaning on his elite defense, Celtics' Avery Bradley looking like All-Star in breakout season - NBA.com (blog)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Texas,’’ says Gaddy. "He tried out for our AAU team, and I was the best player on the team at the time.’’After three years in Arlington, Texas, Bradley and his siblings had moved back home to Tacoma with their mother. Their divorced father, Avery Bradley Sr., was a sergeant in the military. Bradley was a hyper-athletic eighth-grader lacking in skills when he tried out for the AAU team that featured Gaddy as well as Isaiah Thomas, the All-Star point guard who starts now in the Celtics’ backcourt alongside Bradley."My best friend used to make fun of me about the camps I wasn’t invited to, and I used to get mad,’’ says Bradley of Gaddy. "He was just always better, always the favorite. I was always the one in the shadow that everybody was like, 'He’s not good enough. Might not even make it to college.’’’"When we were younger, I had a flair and cockiness, and I carried that with me,’’ Gaddy says. "I knew that he loved me for it but hated me for it. I used to pick on him – 'I got all the accolades, I’m the better-skilled player, I go to all these camps.’ He would beat up on me, because he was older and stronger. On the court we weren’t friends at all, but off the court …’’They were the closest of friends, and Bradley would not enable his self-loathing to poison the friendship."I’m the oldest in my family, but growing up I was young for my grade,’’ Gaddy says. "He was the older brother I never had. He was always protective. I’m this skinny, scrawny kid, and I remember twice on the (AAU) circuit I got into it with somebody – the guy was talking about fighting me, and Avery was like, 'Nah, you going to fight me.’’’Did the opposing player back down?"For sure,’’ Gaddy says. "Because he always has this look. He’s like that to this day: 'Brah, I got you, I’m going to take care of you.’’’"Growing up I was a different person than I am now,’’ Bradley says. "Now I’m the quiet, laid-back one, but I used to be the wild one in the group. I was like the bully. I got in a lot of fights growing up, and not just basketball fights.’’Bradley used to beat himself up more often than any opponent on the court or in the street. One decade ago he declared his early retirement from basketball just as Gaddy, his AAU roommate on the road, was emerging as a future star."I remember one day after summer basketball, I called my AAU coach and I was like, 'I’m done.’ Like, 'Basketball is probably not for me,’’’ Bradley recalls. "I was 15, 16 years old. I told him that because the rankings had came out and I wasn’t even on them. My best friend (Gaddy) was No. 10 in the nation. He was the No. 2 point guard after John Wall. All of that hard work I’m putting in and it’s not showing.’’His coach, Garry Ward, would have none of it."He told me I...

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Tristan Hamilton

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tristan Alexander Hamilton, 15, of Heber Springs, passed away June 14, 2017. He was born November 27, 2001 in Tacoma, Washington. Tristan was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Clinton, enjoyed playing video games and listening to music. He was also a jokester and tried to make everyone around him feel good.Left to cherish Tristan's memory are his mother Anglia Green; father Dale Ludtke, sisters Alicia Pugh of Heber Springs and Amber Pugh of Greenbrier. He is also survived by his niece Ryleigh Green and many cousins and other family and friends.A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. with Brother Bill Moran officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, June 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Clinton Funeral Service.A memorial fund has been set up at Clinton Funeral Service.Arrangements entrusted to Clinton Funeral Service. To sign Tristan's Book of Memories, please go to www.clintonfuneralservice.com.

Briefly The Wire - The Register-Guard

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thomas plans to play in Game 2 Tuesday night then head to Washington to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements.Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma. No funeral date is set, but Stevens said the Celtics plan to attend. Agent pleads guilty to giving benefits HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him.Terry Watson, 43, of Marietta, Ga., entered his plea Monday afternoon in a deal to resolve 3½-year-old felony charges. Watson received 30 months of probation and a $5,000 fine, while Judge Graham Shirley issued a suspended jail sentence of six to eight months.Watson pleaded guilty to the 13 counts of athlete-agent inducement for providing roughly $24,000 in cash and travel accommodations to eventual NFL players Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and Greg Little in 2010. Berdych advances at Monte Carlo MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Tomas Berdych needed two hours and three sets to overcome strong resistance from Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov and reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.All six seeded players in action at the first big clay-court event of the season progressed to the second round: No. 12 Robert Bautista Agut, No. 13 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 14 Alexander Zverev, No. 15 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, and No. 16 Pablo Cuevas. — News service reportsRead more #(##class(csp.rg.assets.methods.category).catName(gStory.story.subCategoryId))# articles here.-- More Briefly articles »...

Obituary: Helen Poe Goodrich, 100, Atria resident, loved sailing, devoted mother, grandmother - Darien Times

Monday, March 13, 2017

Helen Virginia Poe Goodrich passed away on March 7th, 2017 at Atria Darien, in Darien, CT.  She was 5 weeks shy of her 101st birthday.  Helen was born in Tacoma, Washington on April 12, 1916.She was known for her radiant smile, sense of fun and a zest for life.  Her greatest joy came from connections with her family and the many lifelong friends she made on her life’s journey. The most important influences in her life were her family, love of people, nature and her strong Presbyterian faith.  Growing up in the Pacific Northwest she developed a love of the outdoors beginning with camping trips with her family, then from her many years of girl scouting. Helen graduated from Tacoma’s Stadium High School and the University of Washington. In 1939 she was hired to work in the payroll department of Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding in Tacoma, WA.  There she met the love of her life, James F. Goodrich and they had their first date skiing on Mt. Rainier. Helen and Jim married on August 17, 1941 at the start of WW ll.  Children Jim, John and Nancy soon followed and Helen devoted herself to them and all their activities while her husband continued his s...

Deaths for Feb. 1 - The Olympian

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Owen, 92, Bremerton, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Forrest Ridge Health and Rehabilitation, Bremerton. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803.Da, Chan, 78, Tacoma, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey, 360-491-2222.Dollemore-Klemm, Susan Kay, 58, Belfair, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803.Engh, Dick F., 96, Tacoma, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Orchard Park Health & Rehabilitation, Tacoma. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065. Evans, Sherry, 63, Lakewood, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Franciscan Hospice House, University Place. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803.Greenberg, Harold Sidney, 86, Bothell, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.Keck, Jeffrey Brian, 65, Lacey, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.Marks, Marcia, 64, Olympia, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.McMorris, Paul F., 80, Shelton, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Shelton. Forest Funeral Home, Shelton, 360-427-8044. McMullen, Bruce Edward, 47, Yelm, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey, 360-491-2222.Miller, Virginia Ida, 86, Olympia, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065. Minnie, Raymond Frank, 76, Shelton, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at home. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803. Moore, Ercle Christine, 70, Oakville, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at home. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.Munro, Barbara Curry, 67, Belfair, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at home. McComb & Wagner Funeral Home & Crematory, Shelton, 360-426-4803. Pitts, Michael Thomas, 82, Raymond, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Willapa Harbor Health and Re...

Deaths for Jan. 28 - The Olympian

Monday, February 06, 2017

Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.King, Stuart George, Sr., 67, Oakville, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. American Memorial Funeral Directors, Tacoma, 800-248-1745.McClanahan, Claude Bane, Jr., 86, Olympia, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Puget Sound Healthcare Center, Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000. Satre, Gerald J., 67, Olympia, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at Olympia Transitional Care and Rehabilitation. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.White, Phyllis, 58, Olympia, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.Wilson, Douglas Carl, 74, Lacey, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.

Wilton Thomas Dunn Jr., 76, managed Tacoma Hunting and Fishing Club - Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Monday, January 09, 2017

He was employed by Chesapeake Corporation for many years before leaving to be involved with several general contracting companies. He also managed Tacoma Hunting and Fishing Club during his working career and through retirement.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th St., West Point. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Brett Reed Presbyterian Church, 29680 King William Road, West Point, VA 23181.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Point Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad Inc., Box X, West Point, VA 23181; or the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Obituary: Wendt - Statesman Journal

Monday, January 02, 2017

Washington; daughter Denise Wendt of Cottage Grove; and daughter Nori (Jay) Wendt Cash of Roy, Washington. She is also survived by four grandchildren — Tyler Wendt (Ashley) of Salem; Patrick Cash of Tacoma, Washington; and Ian and Emma Cash of Roy, Washington.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Marion-Polk Food Share or Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.Funeral services by Weddle Funeral Services.Read or Share this story: http://stjr.nl/2hs03TsThis article passed through the Full-Text RSS service - if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.Recommended article: The Guardian's Summary of Julian Assange's Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False.

Leaning on his elite defense, Celtics' Avery Bradley looking like All-Star in breakout season - NBA.com (blog)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Texas,’’ says Gaddy. "He tried out for our AAU team, and I was the best player on the team at the time.’’After three years in Arlington, Texas, Bradley and his siblings had moved back home to Tacoma with their mother. Their divorced father, Avery Bradley Sr., was a sergeant in the military. Bradley was a hyper-athletic eighth-grader lacking in skills when he tried out for the AAU team that featured Gaddy as well as Isaiah Thomas, the All-Star point guard who starts now in the Celtics’ backcourt alongside Bradley."My best friend used to make fun of me about the camps I wasn’t invited to, and I used to get mad,’’ says Bradley of Gaddy. "He was just always better, always the favorite. I was always the one in the shadow that everybody was like, 'He’s not good enough. Might not even make it to college.’’’"When we were younger, I had a flair and cockiness, and I carried that with me,’’ Gaddy says. "I knew that he loved me for it but hated me for it. I used to pick on him – 'I got all the accolades, I’m the better-skilled player, I go to all these camps.’ He would beat up on me, because he was older and stronger. On the court we weren’t friends at all, but off the court …’’They were the closest of friends, and Bradley would not enable his self-loathing to poison the friendship."I’m the oldest in my family, but growing up I was young for my grade,’’ Gaddy says. "He was the older brother I never had. He was always protective. I’m this skinny, scrawny kid, and I remember twice on the (AAU) circuit I got into it with somebody – the guy was talking about fighting me, and Avery was like, 'Nah, you going to fight me.’’’Did the opposing player back down?"For sure,’’ Gaddy says. "Because he always has this look. He’s like that to this day: 'Brah, I got you, I’m going to take care of you.’’’"Growing up I was a different person than I am now,’’ Bradley says. "Now I’m the quiet, laid-back one, but I used to be the wild one in the group. I was like the bully. I got in a lot of fights growing up, and not just basketball fights.’’Bradley used to beat himself up more often than any opponent on the court or in the street. One decade ago he declared his early retirement from basketball just as Gaddy, his AAU roommate on the road, was emerging as a future star."I remember one day after summer basketball, I called my AAU coach and I was like, 'I’m done.’ Like, 'Basketball is probably not for me,’’’ Bradley recalls. "I was 15, 16 years old. I told him that because the rankings had came out and I wasn’t even on them. My best friend (Gaddy) was No. 10 in the nation. He was the No. 2 point guard after John Wall. All of that hard work I’m putting in and it’s not showing.’’His coach, Garry Ward, would have none of it."He told me I...