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Fresh from Celtics experience, Brian Morris back in hospital after scans alert doctors

Bermudian golfer Brian Morris putts at centre court at TD Garden before the start of a NBA game between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, December 13

Two days after his VIP visit to TD Garden to watch his team, Boston Celtics defeat Milwaukee Bucks 117-103, Brian Morris was back in hospital in Boston yesterday being treated for inflamed lungs.

Morris, who has been battling stage IV brain cancer since December 2019, was scheduled to receive further treatment on Friday. However, he found himself at the hospital yesterday after doctors were alerted by latest scans.

“They found through my scans yesterday that my lungs are inflamed and they directed me to check in at emergency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” Morris revealed to The Royal Gazette when contacted yesterday for a reaction on his special visit to TD Garden.

“They cancelled my treatment for Friday. I feel fine but obviously I’m not, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

“Hopefully I can get back home for Christmas, I would be devastated if I can’t.

“I was heading to the mall today, didn’t expect this. But it’s cool, I will deal with it. I’m here now, chilling and waiting for the doctors’s results!”

Morris is still basking in the glory of Monday’s night visit to the basketball game, when he and his wife Laurie received complimentary courtside tickets to watch the Celtic play the Bucks.

Having heard of Morris’s struggle with cancer after he received a sponsors exemption to compete in the Butterfield Bermuda PGA Championship here in October, the Celtics then invited the Ocean View professional to be their special guest for the Milwaukee game.

He ended up making a putt on centre court prior to the start of the game.

“I just thought I was going to the game, to be honest,” he stated. “I knew nothing about the putting or going on centre court.

“It was a pretty cool night, really nice thing for the Celtics to do. The teams were warming up either side of me, but, nah, I wasn’t nervous. It was more fun that I was actually centre court at the Boston Celtics,” said Morris.

Morris saw forward Jayson Tatum score a season-high 42 points in the Celtics’s victory as Jaylen Brown, back after a hamstring injury, added 19 points from 30 minutes on the court.

“The game went according to plan, Jayson Tatum got 42 points,” said the 54-year-old Morris.

“It was [Jaylen] Brown’s first game back from injury so it all worked out perfectly. They took me in, met me at the pro shop, took me in through the media room and we had dinner with the media team and the Boston Celtics staff.

“Then they took me out on the floor, I did a couple of putts and they took a picture of me and my wife and gave us court side floor seats and checked up on us all the while,” Morris said.

Morris, a long time fan of the Celtics, has been attending Celtics games since 2012 when he watched them play against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. This latest visit will be a memorable one for him.

“They gave me a gift bag with a hat, Celtics jacket and jersey and a couple of shirts,” Morris revealed. “It was really cool.”

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Published December 16, 2021 at 11:10 am (Updated December 17, 2021 at 8:05 am)

Fresh from Celtics experience, Brian Morris back in hospital after scans alert doctors

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