Marcus Smart’s mother has cancer and wants him to return to the court this postseason, because seeing him play puts “a smile on her face.”
Smart told reporters before Tuesday’s Game 2 victory over the Bucks that his mother, Camellia, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. The 63-year-old is home in Dallas, where she broke the news to Smart last week.
Smart has been sidelined since last month following thumb surgery and could return as soon as April 28, which would be Game 7 if the Bucks series lasts that long (the Celtics currently hold a 2-0 lead). His mom told him she’d rather that he focus on returning to the floor than staying with her in Texas.
“She told me she’d rather I was here than back there, doing what I love to do, because she loves to watch me play, because that would put a smile on her face, if I got back healthy and back on the court,” Smart told reporters on Tuesday, including ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg.
Smart’s older brother, Todd, died of cancer at age 33 in 2004. He added that it does not appear his mother will receive a bone marrow transplant.
“You want to be here. I love playing basketball,” Smart told reporters. “A lot of my friends and family were telling me that basketball is my eye of the storm, where I’m the most calm, where I can think and release all that pressure. But it is hard to leave her, knowing the situation. But my family members are all there, and she has everyone around her.”
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