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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 q Harlem Globetrotters and Patriots' Nate Solder Visit Eliot School on Bullying Prevention by Matt Conti, NorthEndWaterfront.com The Eliot K-8 School in Boston's North End welcomed members of the Harlem Globetrotters and New England Patriots Left Tackle Nate Solder who demonstrated the ABC's of Bullying Prevention. Globetrotter stars Bucket Blakes and TNT Maddox along with Nate Solder, left tackle for the New England Will Eliot K-8 School Prin- cipal Traci Walker Grifflth be a future Globetrotter? Patriots. At the visit to the school last week, the celebrities demonstrated the ABC's of Bullying Pre- vention -- Action, Bravery and Compassion. In addition, the kids learned some new basketball moves, not to mention the spin balancing skills of Principal Traci Walker Griffith. (Photos by Rosario Scab(n, Ross Photography) L-R: TNT Maddox, Eliot K-8 School Principal Traci Walker Griffith, Bucket Blakes and Nate Solder. As part of an anti-bullying program, students at the Eliot K-8 School in the North End heard from Harlem Boston Bruins Blow Away the Hurricanes The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 at TD Garden on Monday, April 8 th. (Photos by Rosario Scab(n, Ross Photography) PRAYER TO ST, JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers wit1 be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. P.M. Talia Cerqueira poses for a photo with Boston Bruins Mascot Blades. ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. PC,. ST. JUDE AND ST, ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. A.L. LIFE BEGINS AT 40 -- When the Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards at the Garden on April 7 t", it marked the 40 th victory of the season for the Green. It also meant that the Celtics have now won 40 or more games in 44 different seasons. It also gave the Celtics a sweep of the season series against the Wizards and extended the Celtics win streak over Wash- ington to seven games. In fact, the Celtics are the only Eastern Conference team that the Wizards have not beaten this year. The Celtics had previously beaten the Wizards twice back in November -- once in Washington and then at the Garden a few days later. Al- though the Celtics remained in the playoff picture all sea- son long (and in fact have clinched a berth) Washington fell off the wagon early. The Wizards left the Garden still looking for their 30 t" victory of the season. The game also served as a sort of homecoming for Wiz- ards assistant coach Sam Cassell. He played for the Celtics during the 2007-2008 season and was a member of the team that captured the 2008 NBA Championship. In the history of the series with Washington, which by the way, the Wizards lead by a 178-105 margin, influential players figure prominently. Both Larry Bird and Antoine Walker hold the Celtics high scoring honors in the series, both having hit for 49 points -- Bird in 1988 and Walker in 1998. NBA standout Walt Bellamy set the standard for the Wizards -- pouring in 45 tallies against the Green way back in 1979. In addition, you know it was a different era in the NBA when we tell you that the Celtics largest margin of victory over the Wizards came way back in 1970 when the C's ran wild in a 153-107 victory. Wow. THE STORY OF ERIC MUR- DOCK -- Although Boston basketball fans might not have been familiar with former Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice -- at least until his be- havior during practices be- came known -- there was another person mentioned who might be better remem- bered by those who frequent Causeway Street. That would be Eric Murdock, the former director of basket- ball player development at Rutgers, and the person through whom the record- ings of the practices came to light. Murdock, you see, played his college hoops just down the road at Providence College where he set several school records. He was selected in the first round of the 1991 NBA Draft {21 ,t overall) by the Utah Jazz and proceeded to play nine seasons in the league with seven different teams. By the time he retired in 2000 he had played for the Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. Thus, there were many nights he played against the Celtics at the Garden. He took the position at Rutgers in 2010 and served until last year. Murdock's success in mak- ing the NBA overshadowed some tough times he experi- enced as a youngster while growing up in New Jersey. According to a piece that appeared in the New York Times, his mother died when he was six months old. She was hit by a car as she was crossing the street. His father abandoned him. He was raised by his grand- mother, whose husband had died of cancer two months before Eric's mother was killed by the car. His grand- mother was raising nine chil- dren of her own. Eric became the l0 th child she had to watch over and provide for. "There were a lot of times we had no electricity," Murdock stated in the Times article. "There was a struggle to pay the bills on time. It was trouble just to put a meal on the table every day. But you could never tell because my grandmother never showed any frustration on her face." He matured and went on to college where he was named a second team All- American by the Associated Press. He then entered the NBA. But the real hero is Anna Murdock, Eric's grand- mother, who provided a lov- ing home for him during his formative years. SELLING WELL -- Although he hasn't played in a while, Rajon Rondo still has the eighth best-selling jersey dur- ing the current NBA season, according to merchandise sales figures released by the league. Boston veteran Paul Pierce is ranked 15 th in jer- sey sales. The rankings are based on sales from Novem- ber through early April. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has moved into the top spot in jersey sales, displacing LeBron James of the Miami Heat who is now ranked second. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) round out the top five. Counting sales of all team merchandise, the Celtics rank sixth, behind the Knicks, Miami, L.A. Lakers, Brooklyn, and Chicago. THEN THERE WAS ONE-- The Celtics have only one home game remaining in the regular season. It is against Indiana on April 16 th at the Garden. The Celtics close out the regular season the next night at Toronto. Then it's on to the playoffs. At this junc- ture, it appears the Celtics will open with their first two games on the road, playing against one of the top four finishers in the Eastern Con- ference standings. How far the Celtics will advance in the NBA's Second Season is a matter of debate. Only time will tell.