A big part of what makes Marcus Smart such an entertaining watch is how his emotions fuel his play. There are still times that gets him in trouble — like when he was fined earlier this season — but it generally helps him do what he does best: play lockdown defense.
But there was a point where Smart’s emotions were a detriment to his play. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago when this was the case.
Smart almost saw his 2017-18 season end prematurely when he punched a glass picture frame in a Los Angeles hotel. Fortunately for Smart and the Celtics, that didn’t end up being the case.
But it turns out “season-ending” wasn’t the worst-case scenario for Smart.
During an appearance on ESPN’s “The Lowe Post” podcast, Smart revealed the injury nearly cost him his playing career.
“To be honest, what the doctor told me, as they’re taking out this glass — I actually still have the glass somewhere saved, to remind me each and every day how blessed I am to still be playing,” Smart said. “The doctor actually told me, an eighth of an inch away, I probably might not be playing basketball again for the rest of my life.
“They say it would’ve torn everything in my hand. It was a pretty thick amount of glass that came out (of) my hand. I couldn’t believe it once I (was) looking at them opening up my hand, taking out glass. And I actually still have pieces of glass stuck in my hand now (because) they said (it) would probably be more of a threat of them trying to go and get it than just letting it be in my hand.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog