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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: $11,160,716
When Marcus Smart used to go to the Celtics locker room at halftime, there was always a text message waiting from his mother, Camellia. If he had missed a free throw during the first half, she would joke that he owed her $100. Other times, she would tell him to keep his focus when she could tell an opponent was irritating him. But most often, the messages were just small reminders that she loved him. Smart would smile and text back that he loved her, too, and then he would go back onto the court and try to take over a game with the tenacity with which he usually takes over games.
Camellia Smart, 63, died on Sept. 16 after battling cancer. Smart said he does not look at his phone at halftime anymore. And when the Celtics face the Knicks Thursday — Camellia’s birthday — the pain might be a little more piercing. “It’s going to be an emotional day and it’s going to hit me pretty rough, just the simple fact that I’m used to those texts,” Smart said Wednesday, his eyes welling as he sat in a quiet corner of the practice gym. “When I played on her birthday, I’d send her texts before the game, at halftime, after the game. It’s going to be tough.”
It is still difficult for him to sleep at night. He either cannot doze off at all, or he wakes up suddenly and cannot go back to bed, usually because he is thinking about his mother. So sometimes he drives to the Celtics’ sparkling new practice facility in Brighton by himself and talks to his mom while he is there. He talks to her as he takes jump shots. He talks to her as he sits in the cold tub or the steam room. He has done this at 2 a.m and 3 a.m. and even 4 a.m. this season. “I tell her how much I love her and miss her, and I just talk about my day and everything that’s been going on,” Smart said. “If you don’t talk about them out loud, that’s when they really die.
When Marcus Smart used to go to the Celtics’ locker room at halftime, there was always a text message waiting from his mother, Camellia. If he had missed a free throw during the first half, she would joke that he owed her $100. Other times, she would tell him to keep his focus when she could tell an opponent was irritating him. But most often, the messages were just small reminders that she loved him. Smart would smile and text back that her loved her, too, and then he would go back onto the court and try to take over a basketball game with the tenacity that he usually takes over basketball games with. Camellia Smart, 63, died on Sept. 16 after battling cancer. Marcus Smart said he does not look at his phone at halftime anymore. And when the Celtics face the Knicks on Thursday, Camellia’s birthday, the pain might be a little more piercing.