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Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart
Position: G
Born: 03/06/94
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $3,431,040
Smart is 21 years old but speaks as if he is 30 because of his many life experiences. He recalls the impact of being mentored and being the young, impressionable kid at basketball camps vying for his one-in-a-million shot to reach the NBA. “I probably speak for the older guys that are way older than me — I think [participating at the camp] makes them feel younger,” Smart said. “But for me you see yourself in these kids because at one point in time, that was you. You just remember all the things that you went through and all the adversity that you went through to get to where you’re at. You’ve got to stay humble and keep working.”
League executives also said the Celtics were trying to move up in the draft, using their two first-round picks and two second-round picks as bait. The executives said the Celtics were looking to trade point guard Marcus Smart and the Nos. 16 and 28 picks in the first round to Philadelphia for center/forward Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick. But the 76ers, the executives said, weren’t interested.
Danny Ainge’s opinion did not change, but the lukewarm showing ignited some concerns among others on the staff. “We were like, ‘Wow, that was bad,’ ” Austin Ainge said. So the Celtics made an unusual request: They wanted Smart to return for a second workout. “I’m going to come back better this time than I was last time,” Smart told his agents at Wasserman. “And if they want me to come back a third time, I’m gonna be even better.” In Smart’s second workout, his competitive fire was apparent. He had something to prove. “I was getting to the rim, making shots, playing defense,” he said. “I made my dominance known.” Said Danny Ainge: “Our staff was not on the same page before that. His second workout allowed us to collectively and unanimously be on the same page.”
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It’s too soon to say if that’s the case with Boston’s young players, although rookie Marcus Smart has shown the kind of promise and growth that more than justifies why Boston chose him with the sixth-overall pick in last June’s NBA draft. Smart is going to be in Boston most of the summer and will spend a considerable amount of time working with Celtics assistant coach Darren Erman, a former Golden State assistant who has been credited with helping Klay Thompson develop into one of the league’s best two-way players after coming into the league as a shoot-first, defensively-challenged swingman.
Ainge confirmed the Celtics will compete in both the Utah Jazz Summer League (July 6-9 with the 76ers, Spurs, and Jazz) then head up to Las Vegas for a week of games. The Celtics are still finalizing roster plans but Marcus Smart and James Young, coming off their rookie campaigns, will be part of the summer squad. Olynyk is not expected to play as he’ll spend part of August competing with the Canadian national team.
Marcus Smart wasn’t sent to the bench because he overslept and was late for the shootaround. As Stevens explained to the rookie, he planned to start Crowder anyway. But Smart, who finished with 11 points and six rebounds, accepted his punishment without any excuses. “I overslept, my alarm didn’t go off. By the time I looked at my phone clock, it was time to be here. I had to push it. I was 15 minutes late,” Smart said. “The coach is doing what he was supposed to do. It’s not acceptable when you have everybody here, especially for a rookie. .?.?. Coach made the right decision. I apologized to the team and coaches. I have to take it like a man. “It actually is my first time, but that doesn’t excuse it.”
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he intends to play in the NBA summer leagues this year. The Celtics are expected to have entries in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, and Smart is likely to play for both teams. He participated in last year’s summer league in Orlando. “I’m sure I will be playing — that’s the plan,” he said. “First-year, second-year guys play. [Phil] Pressey played, [Kelly] Olynyk played their first two years, so I don’t think I’ll be any much different than those two guys were. It will be a great experience, to get more familiarity with the game. I will have known a lot more. It will be good for me.”
“I think everyone (navigates a fine line between physical play and discretion). You don’t find too many players who play that hard in this league, but it’s something I take pride in. You have to find a balance between it. In the flow of games, things happen. It’s just the way it is. Things you don’t think will happen, happen, and things you think will happen don’t. You just have to keep playing.”
Marcus Smart returned from a one-game suspension for punching the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner in the groin, and the Celtics rookie took an interesting dual position on the incident. He continues to insist the punch, in response to a hard pick by Bonner, wasn’t intentional. Then again, Smart also said he understands the reason for the suspension. “I still look at it the way I looked at it,” Smart said before starting and playing 23 minutes (two points, two steals) in the win. “I can understand how it came off for the NBA to make that decision. I respect the decision they made. I have to live with it. Looking at the film, it does look a little intentional, but I’m not a dirty player. But looking at the film I can see where it came into play, so the NBA made the right decision with the one-game suspension. I’m just glad to be back out with these guys.