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January 30, 2014

Family and friends come out to support rookie star in hometown debut

BOSTON — Mandy Carter-Zegarowksi knew her son had a chance of taking his basketball career to the next level early on in his life, having been immersed in the game at such a young age.

It wasn’t until Michael Carter-Williams’ freshman year at Syracuse University, however, that she knew that the next level could be a career in the NBA for her son.

Carter-Zegarowski watched her son play in Boston for the first time as a professional last night. The Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard from Hamilton led his team to a 95-94 victory at the TD Garden, setting up Evan Turner’s game-winning basket as time expired.

Nearly 150 family and friends went to the Garden last night to cheer on Carter-Williams, who was drafted in the first round (11th overall) by the 76ers last June. Carter-Zegarowski had T-shirts made for the entire group in support of Carter-Williams’ homecoming.

“I’ve been traveling back and forth from home to Philadelphia, New York, and sometimes I go to Michael’s (other) road games,” said Carter-Zegarowski, who runs her own consulting and sports management company with longtime friend Tracie Tracy.

It’s been a whirlwind ride this past season for the entire family. Carter-Zegarowski also manages her son’s career, while her husband Zach Zegarowksi made the move down to Philly with his stepson to make it easier on the 22-year-old.

“What’s great about the road games is that they usually string a few together. When Michael goes on the road, Zach usually comes home and I’ll go to the away games,” said Carter-Zegarowski.

Halfway through the NBA’s 2013-14 regular season, Carter-Zegarowski has been to a dozen or so games to watch her son play for the 76ers.

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