The Orlando Magic held a moment of silence prior to Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls to honor the victims of the explosions during the Boston Marathon.
Monday's tragedy saddened Magic co-founder and senior vice president Pat Williams and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Williams ran the race 13 times.
"I'm just sick about it," Williams said of the tragedy.
Thibodeau was born in Connecticut and served as a Boston Celtics assistant coach for several seasons.
"It's just terrible," Thibodeau said before tipoff. "Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, the first responders — everybody there. It's just terrible. Very, very sad."
Thibodeau is familiar with Patriots' Day in Boston. He was a Celtics assistant coach from 2007-08 through 2009-10.
"There's so much going on and the entire meaning of that day," he said. "It's so festive. It's unfathomable just to think about something like that happening there. Again, it's just a terrible day. Terrible."
David Gill, an NBA security official who is assigned to Magic games, said proper precautions were taken for Monday's Bulls-Magic game.
Monday's game was Rev. Jeff Ryan's final game as the Magic's chaplain after 13 seasons.
Ryan spent the last eight years at College Park Presbyterian Church, and he soon will move to the Midwest to become the senior pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Omaha.
"In 13 years, I've never talked basketball," Ryan said. "I don't talk wins and losses. I don't talk, 'Hey, great game,' or 'bad game.' I don't talk strategy. These are just guys like me and you — just sinners who need God's grace — and that's what we talk about."
Ryan held his final pregame chapel service, open to players from both teams, from 6-6:15 Monday night.
"He just reassures us," Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson said. "Sometimes with basketball, you kind of forget the little things, so he really brings us a step back and helps us to remember what our faith is."
The next goal
Tobias Harris, one of the Magic's key young players, said Monday that the team's goal next season should be to make the playoffs.
Following the Magic's shootaround, Harris was asked whether he thinks about the potential of the Magic's young nucleus.
"I definitely think about that a lot," Harris answered.
"We're definitely a young unit coming together out there on the floor. We've been making great strides out there, so I definitely think about what the future can be for us as players on this team, and I think we'll be a really good team in the future and coming up. This season is winding down, but going into next year, our goal should be nothing less than the playoffs, and that's got to be our mindset also."
The Magic and Chase honored retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jack Scott, his wife Lori, and their son Shane at the end of the first quarter of Monday's game.
Through Operation Homefront, Chase surprised the Scott family by giving them a new home and a large-screen TV.
After 10 years in the Marine Corps, Jack Scott joined the Ponce Inlet Police Department.
He enlisted in the Army at 43 and was deployed to Afghanistan. He worked as a combat engineer, helping to locate improvised explosive devices and detonate them using a robot.
He suffered multiple injuries, and those injuries led to his medical retirement in January.
• Golfer Bubba Watson sat courtside at Monday's game.
• Nik Vucevic scored eight of the Magic's first 13 points.
Brian Schmitz contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.orgCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun