By: Justin Quinn (Celtic Wire)
During what should have been one of the most joyful months of his life, Tremont Waters instead found himself beset with grief.
In the eye of his storm, Tremont Waters found a home with the Celtics
Just weeks after being drafted by the Boston Celtics, Waters found himself dealing with the loss of his father, who took his life in a West Haven motel room.
In the midst of such profound personal tragedy, the LSU product received a text from Marcus Smart, who he had not even yet met.
“He told me that it was a place that I could call home, the Boston Celtics,” said Waters (via the New Haven Register’s Dave Borges). “They’ve done a great job of welcoming me and also helping me through my situation. My teammates have done a great job of being there for me.”
Just 21-years-old, Waters was very close to tremont father and had not spoken about him publicly outside of a heart-rending tribute post on Instagram, instantly bonding with Boston’s longest-tenured player.
Smart, who recently lost a parent himself after his mother lost her battle with cancer last September, reached out to the young rookie in the same way former teammate Kyrie Irving once did with him.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Waters is thankful he’s playing in a nearby franchise, so tremont can stay close to his mother Vanessa as the pair navigate life without the young Celtic’s father.
“It definitely makes things a lot easier, smoother,” he explained. “It’s good to be able to play close to home, because my mom goes to a lot of games and she can experience it as well. Going through hard times, it will definitely be a great experience to help her throughout this process and have her by my side.”
He plans to use his platform of his inaugural season to continue to honor tremont father’s memory in an as-of-yet unelaborated way, stating that he’s “relatively creative” and will “find a way to incorporate him into everything that’s going on.”
As to what Waters anticipates his role with the Celtics to be, the 5-foot-11 floor general replied (via CLNS Media), “I can shoot, I can do a lot of things on [the] offensive end, but also on defensive end and just I think my best ability to just do whatever I can to help your team win.”
At least some of the things that will be unfolding for Waters will be providing depth at point guard behind former UConn star Kemba Walker, whom he watched closely as a youth, even snapping a photo together at a Huskies event when the former was still a preteen.
“Growing up, I watched a lot of Kemba, him playing at UConn. I watched a ton of games live,” he reminisced. “[I’m excited to be] learning from him on a day-to-day basis in practice, and watching him in games, and hopefully at some point playing alongside him and just learning what he’s learned over the past few years in the NBA.”
For Waters, now firmly entrenched among the larger-than-life players who helped shape his own career through their collegiate heroics, the young guard has found more than a place to hang his hat as he attempts to honor the memory of his father.
He’s found a home.