Marcus Smart talks about Jaylen Brown’s reporting, Malcolm Brugdon’s loss and the Finals

Boston – Marcus Smart is back in Celtics‘, focusing on weight training and continuing with the recovery regimen for a comeback from a host of post-season injuries. Several of his teammates are back by his side in less than a month of training camp, and the rest will soon join.

It’s been less than three months since The NBA Finals Concluded at TD Garden, with Smart playing through a right-foot sprain after the Milwaukee streak, a right ankle struggled midway through the East Conference Finals and a long illness in the right thigh that forced him to miss Game 2 against the Bucks.

It’s almost 100% SMART as training camp approaches later this month CLNS Media / CelticsBlog In an exclusive interview at his pop-up store for his YounGameChanger founder in Allston, he said he is still recovering from an ankle injury. Ime Udoka stressed relief from the troubled Celtics group after a long post-season run and Smart spent most of the summer trying to progress slowly toward next season, his ninth in Boston.

“My ankle is feeling better, and it’s still recovering, so I’m dealing with that,” Smart said. CLNS. “Just give it as much rest as possible, but definitely get back on the field. I’m definitely back in action. It’s like we just stopped playing yesterday, we didn’t miss a game, but I’m definitely doing everything I can to be ready for next season and to go deeper.” I’m pretty close (100%).Obviously it’s September,you don’t want to be in June or July or May right now so I’m trying not to be too crazy,but I’m really close and I’ve been doing this in my 9th season.So for me I know exactly what I need it and what I need to prepare myself so I’ll be there.”

The Celtics haven’t discussed the NBA Finals as a team yet, and are taking it individually as they tried to give each other space during a short off-season. Smart said they’ll have those conversations soon, now that the roster looks set to be fully restarted after the NBA Finals. Danilo Gallinari won’t be able to join them, tearing his ACL in Europe, and Smart’s ongoing illness adding some uncertainty when entering camp. Smart discusses those stories, the Kevin Durant saga, in collaboration with Malcolm Brogdon and more.

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In his YGC Foundation: “We did this a while ago, just got some ideas, and we really wanted to give back. The community, the city of Boston has shown me so much love and I just wanted to give back to them and what better way than to come here and do the pop up. People were asking us about jackets. The hoodies and the shirt and the clothes and they loved the creativity we came with so we decided to go ahead and do a pop up and let everyone come in and get something for themselves The logic and the inspiration is really the community and the city, the love they show me. I just wanted to give it back to them.”

“For me, my foundation is a huge part of who I am. I started it about nine years ago to help find a cure for cancer and help guide the youth of the city, and for me really, the goal is just to give families and people going through this stressful and unfortunate situation to give them hope that They’re looking for it and they need it in that moment.We get things done, like we have these smart buggies that we bring out to be able to go to hospitals in the kids and every stroller has the latest technology from iPads to tablets, so whatever allows a baby to be a baby, we’re still active in life while they’re confined to the little room they’re in. So we’ve been doing many things: fundraising, doing a bowling event and just finding ways to get the message across and get everyone involved.”

In losing the NBA Finals: You hear it all the time, ‘It’s a lesson,’ but it’s hard when you have to take the lesson the hard way. We have to take the lesson the hard way. We learned a lot from our experience and unfortunately we had to lose to do it, but now we know what it takes to play, to be there There, the pressure you put on you mentally, physically and emotionally. You kind of figure when and when you’re not too excited about it, how you play it and how you keep calm. We’ve learned a lot of factors individually and as a group from this, but like I said, it’s hard to learn the way The tough, but we did. We were talking one-on-one. No one really talked as a team. We kind of wanted to leave him alone. It’s still new to us, so guys really try to wait, but as soon as we start talking we’ll get that out, but in time We are giving ourselves a break.”

On Danilo Gallinari’s rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament: I didn’t talk to him. I’ve been doing a lot, but I’ve definitely been keeping up with it and everything and when I saw and heard it, it was devastating. You never want to see anyone get hurt, let alone your team, but anyone else. Someone like Gallo who came in and is going to help us a lot, he’s definitely pushing us back a little bit, but the NBA, we’re pros, we have other guys on the roster and it’s time for them to step up.”

On Jaylen Brown’s involvement in trade reporting: “He handled it great. He walks around with a smile on his face. We actually didn’t even mention it when we were together. We were just talking about next season and preparing, but it’s great. He handles it as professionally as possible and my advice is, to anyone, don’t forget that he Business first. When you do business, personal things have to go out the window and can’t be the problem, so you can’t look at it like that. If your name is there in business conversations, I look at it as a compliment. This means that The teams want you. That’s a good thing. The problem is, if your name isn’t, no one wants you. This is the way I look at it and this is the way people should look at it. It’s hard, I get it, but just because it’s happening, you You never know. Anything can happen.”

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