BOZICH | Former Card Terry Rozier earns a Rosé toast from QB Drew Bledsoe
Former Louisville basketball star Terry Rozier might earn more than a trip to the Eastern Conference finals because of his performance in the NBA Finals this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Terry Rozier had a long list of uniforms of Boston athletic stars that he could had added to his wardrobe to prove his allegiance to the New England athletic culture.
Giselle Bundchun’s husband.
Rozier had a different idea — and a better one.
He went with the Patriots’ No. 11, which ranks on eighth or ninth page of iconic Boston sports numbers because it was worn by the guy who quarterbacked the Patriots before Bundchun’s husband.
That would be Drew Bledsoe.
Now, as Rozier, the former University of Louisville star, prepares to lead the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rozier finds himself in the double bonus:
He is drawing recognition for his terrific play. Rozier averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists as he led the Celtics past Milwaukee and Philadelphia in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
And his budding bromance with Bledsoe is likely to upgrade his name recognition because Bledsoe owns a vineyard on the West Coast and said he is considering producing a wine in Rozier’s honor — the Terry Rosé.
"Actually, the Terry Rosé may be the thing," Bledsoe told MassLive Wednesday night before the Celtics closed out the Sixers in Game Six.
"Watch out. I'll have to talk to him, bring him out to Washington and develop a profile. We'll come up with the Terry Rosé. It's going to have a great finish.”
Great finish? Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens had to like that.
Actually you can credit a former University of Kentucky star for his role in this fun story. Rozier sparred with former Wildcats Eric Bledsoe during the Celtics’ opening round series against Milwaukee.
Bledsoe pretended not to know Rozier’s name. Rozier called Bledsoe “Drew.”
Thanks to social media, the original Bledsoe joined the fun. He Tweeted encouragement to Rozier. They talked on the telephone. They met at a game. Bledsoe wore a Rozier T-shirt in Boston — and dropped the hint that a special vintage product — Terry Rosé — could be in the works at his Doubleback Winery in Walla Walla, Wash.
“It’s kind of like it was meant to be this way, because it worked out perfectly,” Rozier told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. “Drew, that’s my guy now.”
"This whole thing with Terry has been super fun," Bledsoe told MassLive. "But it's mostly fun because the Celtics have been playing great basketball, and I've been a big fan for a long time.”
Rozier has earned the love. He did not start any playoff games during his first two seasons after leaving U of L for the Celtics in 2015. But Stevens moved him into the starting lineup this year because Boston is playing without all-star Kyrie Irving.
Rozier has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 post-season games, delivering at least 20 points five times.
The Celtics open play in the Eastern Conference finals in Game One Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Have a glass of rosé and enjoy.
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