Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
The Celtics mourned the passing of longtime parquet caretaker Rudolph "Spider" Edwards on Wednesday. Edwards, instantly recognizable with his trademark fedora, swept the Garden parquet for 33 years and remained a familiar presence even after hanging up his broom. Edwards did a ceremonial sweep of the Garden parquet last October when the Celtics unveiled only the third parquet in team history. Edwards was beloved by players (Larry Bird, among them), fans, and executives alike. As Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren wrote on Twitter Wednesday, "When I was 4 years old, the only thing I wanted in the whole world was to be Spider for a day. Really."