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Celtics’ legend Cedric Maxwell stood in location of Boston Marathon bombing just minutes before

Apr 15, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

It was one year ago today that two bombs killed 3 people and wounded 264 more near the finish line of one of America’s great races, the Boston Marathon. It was a senseless, needless tragedy, but one that united both the city and the nation behind Boston Strong.

Next week the race will return stronger than ever.

On the anniversary of the terrorist attack, Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell told the story of how just minutes before the bomb went off — 7-8 minutes, by his estimation — he had been standing in the very spot that the explosions took place.

Maxwell spoke with A. Sherrod Blakely of

“I got a little cold,” Maxwell, color analyst for the Boston Celtics on 98.5 The Sports Hub, told “That ended up saving me; I got a little cold and I didn’t have a big coat on. So I went to get warm.”

Maxwell strolled down to Norstrom’s Rack and went to the second floor.

“And then the bomb went off,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell, like everyone else in the immediate area, had no idea what was going on in the minutes after the bombings. He went outside to see.

“And all of a sudden, somebody must have said, ‘run!’ And literally, I would say thousands of people started running towards me,” he said. “I’m looking for someone behind them with a gun … something was going on. So I run back into Norstrom’s Rack and all kinds of people followed me in there.”

Eventually Maxwell went home, turned on the news and quickly realized how fortunate he was.

While watching the news, he saw a woman on a stretcher with a red dress and a red bandana on her head. Maxwell recalled standing near her when he was watching the marathoners cross the finish line earlier in the day.

But what really hit home for Maxwell was seeing that among the three people who died, there was Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Chinese graduate student at Boston University, who was standing next to him moments before he left the marathon finish line.

Maxwell was lucky. So many others were not that day.

It’s a reminder that life can be fleeting, that we need to enjoy the moments we have while we can. The entire event is a reminder of the resiliency of people when faced with tragedy.

Boston Strong.

  1. peddealer - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Sorry this happened to Boston.

    But please you guys dont think you have a monopoly on “Strong”….

    its cool to say it, just don’t act like yall creatively came up with it

  2. whatacrocker - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Playing pretty fast and loose with the term “legend”…

  3. trickybastard - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    It’s a copycat world just like Raider Nation being the first nation

  4. void96eater - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Amazing. It’s scary to think how a few seconds or a few feet can be the difference between life and death…

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Phew, good thing we didn’t lose anyone important. #sarcasm

  6. jvm127 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Boston is not strong. They allowed their city to be locked down under martial law for days and let swat teams search their homes without warrants. That is not strong. That is the definition of weak.

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