By this point, we’ve all had time to digest the bare essentials of Marcus Smart: 6-foot-4-inch combo guard, disruptive on defense, explosive pushing the ball.
USA Today published the first in-depth story on Smart’s journey to the NBA, and it’s a great read. They had me at the lede:
Six years before Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart became one of the nation’s most respected college basketball players, he threw rocks at people’s heads.
The story goes into depth on an incident that scared Smart straight, on Smart’s brother Todd losing his battle with cancer, and on channeling the anger issues into an athletic career. It’s worth a read.