Marcus Smart in 'great spirits' throughout COVID-19 recovery

Nick Friar
March 27, 2020 - 1:26 pm

The three NBA players first diagnosed with COVID-19 — Rudy Gobert Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood — have each reportedly recovered from the illness. Marcus Smart, however, is still battling the novel coronavirus, but he’s feeling good according to Brad Stevens.

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The Celtics guard is also in a good place mentally.

“Great spirits. Joking, as always,” Stevens said on a conference call Friday. "We had a Zoom conference with the team, told the team we were going to give them their own space to hang out, have fun. And he told us to get off. So he’s great.”

Shortly after the Celtics’ announcement that a player had tested positive for COVID-19, Smart revealed he was the individual. He also appeared on CNN over the phone to help spread awareness.

While some think it’s best for the NBA to not reveal how many players are testing positive for the illness, Stevens is glad Smart shared his status with everyone.

“I’m proud of how he took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good,” Stevens said. “And that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now. It’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”

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