Brad Stevens: Marcus Smart in ‘great spirits’ despite COVID-19 diagnosis
Marcus Smart is doing as well as can be imagined given the circumstances after being diagnosed with COVID-19, according to Brad Stevens.
The Boston Celtics head coach provided an update on Smart’s condition Friday to NBC Sports Boston Chris Forsberg. Smart is said to be “doing really well” despite the situation, Stevens relayed.
The coach went on to praise Smart for having the courage to come forward and bring awareness to the need for social distancing amid the pandemic.
Stevens added that Smart was in “great spirits, joking as always” when the Celtics held a team video conference Thursday on Zoom. Smart even booted coaches off the video chat so the players could interact on their own.
In a broader perspective, Stevens also made note of how NBA teams are dealing with the situation a lot like the general population.
“We’re like the rest of the world, basketball has taken a far back seat,” Stevens said. “It’s more important now to be a community of co-workers and a community fo friends. Make sure everyone is doing OK.”
Smart first revealed he had contracted COVID-19 on March 19, announcing the news on Twitter.
I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP pic.twitter.com/xkijb9wlKV— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) March 19, 2020
There are currently 14 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the NBA, including members of the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets. All told, seven NBA teams have had a member of the organization, player or otherwise, test positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a dose of much-needed good news, Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell — the first NBA players to be diagnosed with COVID-19 — were cleared on Friday.