Days after the sudden death of his father, former LSU star Tremont Waters responded by doing what he does best: Playing basketball.�
Waters was the starting�point guard for the Boston Celtics in their Las Vegas Summer League game Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies.�
He scored 16 points and had 3 assists in the game, but the Celtics lost 94-88 -- ending their experience in the offseason tournament.
The father of former LSU basketball star Tremont Waters was found dead in a hotel room Thursday afternoon, according to a report.�
The game came a day after news broke that 49-year-old Ed Waters Jr. was found dead Thursday in a West Haven, Connecticut hotel room. The medical examiner ruled his death to have be the result of suicide.�
Waters has not spoken publicly regarding his father's death, but chose to play in the game, according to a report from Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. His family was in attendance for support.�
Waters' decision echoes a story regarding former Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, who chose to play in a playoff game in the days following his sister's sudden death in 2017. He scored 53 points in an emotional victory over the Washington Wizards.�
The Summer League playoffs didn't hold a candle to the intrigue of the true NBA season, but it's an important setting for Waters as he looks to carve out his role as Boston's next beloved -- and traditionally undersized -- point guard. Waters has impressed to this point and reportedly agreed to a two-way contract with the team after he was drafted No. 51 overall in the June 20 draft.�
Waters played in all five of the team's games -- helping to win the first four -- and put on several highlight plays. His best performance came Thursday against the same Grizzlies squad with eight points and nine assists.�
Tremont Waters so smooth: Part 2In 28 seconds: Perfect cut into the casual off-the-backboard assist to Robert Williams dunk.Then (after a Williams block) forces a steal. Gets outlet pass into a transition assist.
Dudes gonna have to fight for minutes behind Kemba, but = pic.twitter.com/4BkcKFn2GU