Wizards’ Jason Collins on Boston explosions: “That’s just frightening”

April 15, 2013

Jason Collins, right, lived near the explosions in Boston. (EPA/Paul Buck)

During his brief stint with the Boston Celtics, Wizards backup center Jason Collins lived a few blocks from Copley Square so he was undoubtedly moved when he heard about the two bombs that exploded on Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

“That’s just frightening,” Collins said before the Wizards took on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. “I was there and I know that area. I used to the walk those streets, so it’s surreal to think that this has happened today and my heart goes out to all of the victims.”

Collins signed with the Celtics before this season and was dealt to the Wizards as part of a three-player trade that shipped Jordan Crawford to Boston. The Celtics don’t have a game scheduled on Monday, but they are expected to host and their game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday at TD Garden has been canceled. Had he remained in Boston, Collins is certain that his life would’ve been affected.

“I wouldn’t be able to walk around the street,” Collins said. “There is a restaurant at the bottom of the building that I lived in and I’m sure they swept that as well, because I heard there were two bombs that hadn’t gone off. It’s sad.”

Collins never got to experience Patriots Day, a holiday in Massachusetts, but he understands the significance and prestige of the Boston Marathon. “I actually had some friends from college who ran the race today,” Collins said. “They’re okay. And I talked to some of my friends still in Boston, and still waiting to hear back from a couple of people, but for the most part, everybody seems to be okay.”

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