Marcus Smart on mom's cancer battle: 'It's a big motivation for me … It gives me hope'

Marcus Smart on mom's cancer battle: 'It's a big motivation for me … It gives me hope'

CLEVELAND — A surgically repaired thumb has been the least of Marcus Smart’s concerns this postseason.

It has barely been a month since Smart announced that his mother, Camellia, is battling cancer. At Sunday’s shootaround, he said his mom is doing better and continuing to motivate him.

“She’s doing well,” Smart said. “Everything is up to par, the treatments are working, and it’s a big motivation for me. It gives me hope. It allows me to keep fighting and gives me the strength to keep going.”

His 63-year-old mom was diagnosed in April with myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer caused by malfunctioning blood cells in the bone marrow. Smart said at the time that doctors were focused with “trying to preserve life,” rather than undertake a grueling and risky bone marrow transplant.

“It’s tough, but my mom is a tough cookie,” Smart said last month.



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