Thibodeau wasn’t the only person with local connections on the parquet last night.
Beverly’s Peter Frates, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) last March, was honored both before the game and during a timeout in the second quarter as part of the Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us” program.
Frates, the former St. John’s Prep and Boston College baseball star, was taken out to center court before the game to meet with the game’s officials and Avery Bradley of the Celtics and Carlos Boozer of the Bulls.
He returned to center court in the second quarter, getting pushed out in a wheelchair before standing up while holding an ‘I Am a Celtic’ towel. He received a tremendous ovation from the crowd.