Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Marcus Smart sends strong message to playoff rivals

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The Boston Celtics are full of characters. Jayson Tatum is a megastar, although his quiet demeanor can frustrate fans at times. Jaylen Brown is similar, but speaks out when he has to. Al Horford is a quiet giant, Derrick White loves dad jokes, and Grant Williams is basically the team’s class clown.

But no one on the team is more controversial than Marcus Smart. There’s little controversy when it comes to his defense, but as far as being popular goes, people can’t make up their minds. Opposing fans dislike him for his intense style of play, and even some Celtics fans don’t seem to love him as much as others.

However, a recent gesture warmed the hearts of even the coldest of fans. Smart and his organization, the YoungGameChanger Foundation, donated two carts full of gaming tablets, consoles and other gadgets to Children’s Wisconsin in honor of Milwaukee Bucks star Jrue Holiday and his wife, former US women’s soccer gold medalist Lauren Holiday.

To The hospital’s Twitter account tweeted About the gesture, Smart replied, saying that it was bigger than basketball.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Supporting children is bigger than anything else. This is great and glad the kids will use it to take their mind off some serious stuff. I love that!”, Smart tweeted on Sept. 18.

Smart’s gesture was so well received that even Bucks fans had kind words to say.

During the playoffs, Bucks didn’t exactly like Smart. The way he plays the game causes opposing fans to actively fight him. However, after he donated the car in honor of the holidays, fans took to Twitter to show their respect. And those are just a few of the tweets Smart liked.

“Hey Marcus, as a Bucks fan, I never cheer for you. However, I would like to thank you for donating these “smart carts” to WI Childrens Hospital! That was great! Keep up the generosity!” A fan tweeted.

Another Bucks fan was stunned that he had a reason to like Smart.

“I never thought there would be a reason for me to like Marcus Smart.

“Hello man”, they tweeted.

And a third had a similar message, announcing that they couldn’t hate Smart anymore.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I can never fully hate Marcus Smart again. That’s really, really cool.” they revealed.

However, this isn’t the first friendly message sent this summer.

Earlier this offseason, Mark Murphy, the longtime Celtics contributor to the Boston Herald, announced he was retiring. Smart took the time to congratulate him and show some love in a tweet.

“One of the best at doing it, in the right and honest way – and someone I respect very much. Happy retirement Mark!” Smart tweeted.

Despite the differing opinions on Smart’s game on the pitch, Smart is clearly a friendly soul off the pitch. Whether it’s in Boston, Milwaukee, or elsewhere, he’s always looking for another kind gesture to complement.

“One of the best at doing it, in the right and honest way – and someone I respect very much. Happy retirement Mark!” Smart tweeted.

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