Marcus Smart’s ferocity strikes fear into most of his opponents, but he has a tender side. The same dogged defender that harasses opponents into making mistakes and picks up floor burns diving on the floor for loose balls took the time to comfort my family when we were hosted at TD Garden on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
This all started following the November death of my granddaughter, Courtney, after a 25-year battle with cystic fibrosis. She left behind my great grandson, Carson Thomas Lane, and I made a very simple request to Carson’s namesake, Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards. My Twitter followers stepped up immediately with countless retweets and notifications. Edwards responded promptly via Twitter, as did Marcus Smart, who prompted Twitter followers to “send mail that uplifts & showers this kid with love”.
Carson Thomas Lane- I lost my mom recently to. But it’s people like ur great grandpa who will get u thru the tough times as you grow up. Much love young stud!
Twitter- u know what to do. Send mail that uplifts & showers this kid w love. I’ll do my thing 2. https://t.co/JXZUmU3VeK
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) November 14, 2019
Smart’s requested “shower” became a hurricane, as thousands of cards and hundreds of gifts arrived from all over the world. One of the first responders to Marcus’ plea was a gentleman by the name of Abdul Dremali, who invited our family to attend a Celtics game on February 29. Carson, my daughter Lisa and I were sitting courtside before the game with Abdul and the Celtics’ Eileen O’Malley when Marcus came over and spent some time with us, comforting both Carson and Lisa with gentle words and reassurance.
When @smart_MS3 heard about Carson’s story on twitter earlier this year, he made sure Carson didn’t feel alone.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 2, 2020
The night ended with Boston losing to the Houston Rockets 111-110, but not before Carson was seen on the Jumbotron and Jaylen Brown had tied the game in regulation with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Quite a night. Marcus may be ferocious on the hardwood, but his tender kindness, and that of the Celtics staff, will not be forgotten. Many thanks from a family that badly needed support, and got it from one of the finest sports organizations in the world.
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