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Of course, now Smart can call the best players in the world his colleagues, and he’s made a good impression on all of them. Throughout the week, Smart has displayed a ton of confidence in his jumpshot and inspiring tenacity on the defensive end. And once the select team is done for the day and the “A squad” splits up for one final scrimmage, Smart can be found on the open court putting up shots and working on his jumper.
Smart’s work ethic draws praise no matter where he goes, and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens cited his leadership and willingness to set an example as reasons why Boston wanted him. With training camp coming up, Smart knows that making a good first impression with his new team will have a lot to do with the way he competes.
“It’s going to be real huge to show my teammates how hard of a worker that I am,” Smart said. “It shows them that I take responsibility and that they can count on me no matter what.”
Cowboys Ride for Free (SB Nation)
I thought Marcus Smart had questionable character issues?
Since the draft, we’ve heard nothing but positive stories about this kid. He’s been practicing with Team USA for three summers now and it’s all roses.
Natural talent. Born leader. Incredible work ethic. Is there any doubt he’ll be a top 5 PG within 5 years? Or will he be a top 5 shooting guard? (Don’t piss on my optimism, please)
As excited as Smart is to get to work for the Celtics – he told me that the team hasn’t told him what position they want him to play, but that he’s going to love playing with and against (in practice) a competitor like Rajon Rondo – he still has a place in his heart for Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Celtics haven’t told Smart because they don’t know. If Rajon Rondo is still a part of this team during training camp (and I’m convinced he will), Smart will be tossed into Brad Stevens’ backcourt stew with Rondo, Avery Bradley, Marcus Thornton, James Young, and Evan Turner. Stevens will have plenty of time to tinker with his recipe.
Before Marcus gets down to business, he has one more personal item to attend to:
“I’m getting ready to buy her a house in a little bit,” Smart told me. “She likes it back in Flower Mound, so I’m going to get her a $500,000 house.”
Taking care of momma…
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