Celtics rookie Marcus Smart has earned plenty of accolades from his teammates and coaches for his high character during his first few months with the team.
This weekend, prior to Smart’s first homecoming as an NBA player, we saw a great example of that character in action.
As a youngster, the now-20-year-old point guard grew up in Lancaster, Texas (just outside Dallas). Smart battled plenty of adversity while growing up in the crime-ridden area, but his family, especially his mother, Camellia, provided plenty of guidance and support that helped him develop into the player he is today.
The Celtics are currently in Dallas to face off with the 2-1 Mavericks on Monday night. The team had an off day on Sunday, and Smart used the downtime to take a look at one of his first major purchases as an NBA player: a new home for his mother.
Growing up, the former Oklahoma State guard had vowed to buy his mother a new house. After being drafted no. 6 overall by the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft, his sizable rookie contract with Boston allowed him to make that dream a reality.
Smart spoke with reporters on Monday’s shootaround about checking out the new place. (via Masslive.com).
“She picked out an awesome place. It’s incredible. I love it, so she did a good job,” Smart told reporters. “It was crazy. I looked at my mom and she was smiling from ear to ear. And my dad. And I just felt proud. It’s probably one of the biggest accomplishments as a young man, is to give your mom what she always wanted. And to take care of her, especially after she takes care of you all those years. And to make her happy. It’s a blessing. I thank God every day for the opportunity to be able to do something like that.”
Over 30 members of Smart’s family and friends will be on hand tonight at American Airlines Arena to watch him and the Celtics try to take down the Mavericks.