Marcus Smart talks Team USA, bonding with Celtics teammates
Speaking to SiriusXM NBA Radio after Monday’s win over Canada, Smart shared how his stint with the national side has been a great learning experience for him (via NBA analyst Keith Smith):
“It’s been great,” he said. “I’m learning a lot from the guys and some other great coaches like Pop and Steve Kerr. Just taking something from everyone to add to my game and our arsenal.”
According to the 25-year-old, this has also been an excellent opportunity for him to spend time with some of his Celtics teammates. Both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are part of the squad, and for Smart, it has been a good chance to get some work in with his Boston teammates even before the start of training camp:
“It’s amazing,” said Smart. “We’re getting a jump on getting ready for the season. Everything is going great and we’re really doing well together.
“You can really see them understanding the game better. They see things happening now. They’re both playing really well. They’re good players and getting better.”
Smart has been a firsthand witness to the rise of these two Celtics youngsters, and based on his statement above, he definitely believes their stars continue to rise.
Finally, Marcus Smart also talked about new teammate Kemba Walker, who arrived in Boston this summer as a free agent:
“It’s great,” he said. “We’re doing good stuff together. He’s an All-Star player. He’s one of the great players in the league. It’s going to be good to play with him.”
Smart has battled a calf injury during his time with Team USA, but that hasn’t stopped him from cherishing this experience.