It was nearly two seasons ago when Marcus Smart decided to go 1-on-1 against a picture frame in a Los Angles hotel room. Unfortunately for him, the picture frame won.
Smart was a recent guest on The Lowe Post with ESPN's Zach Lowe discussing an array of topics, most notably the January 2018 incident where Smart took his frustrations out on a picture frame, after which severed his right pinky & nearly ended his NBA career.
The shards of glass that reportedly ended up lodged between two tendons near his right pinky has become a reminder for Smart on his good fortune, and that the outcome wasn't any worse.
Smart later told Lowe that the magnitude of the situation was more serious than he initially thought:
The doctor actually told me, like you said, an eighth of an inch away I probably might not be playing basketball again for the rest of my life,” Smart added. “They said it would have tore everything in my hand. It was pretty thick amount of glass that came out of my hand. I couldn’t believe it.Smart on The Lowe post Podcast
Smart later revealed that he involuntarily kept a few mementos in his right hand to remind him of that daunting day.
I actually still have pieces of glass stuck in my handShards of glass remain in Smarts hand as a memento on how fortunate things ended up for him.
Due to the nature of the injury, doctors determined Smart would serve best if he were to leave the pieces of glass in his hand than to try and remove them. Smart essentially missed 11 games and made it back in time for that magical playoff run in 2018, helping the Celtics to another ECF appearance. Had Smart elected surgery, he would've missed the rest of the 2018 season.
With an energizer bunny like Marcus Smart on your team you must live or die with his passion. But let's hope that the 23-year-old guard has smartened ( no pun intended) up enough to not allow a loss or an IG model to get the best of his emotions again.