Celtics’ Marcus Smart Says “It’s Been Hell” for Team Amid Ime Scandal

Marcus Smart got candid about the ongoing “hell” that he and the rest of the Boston Celtics have been going through over the past week.

Days after the Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for violating team policies, the guard, 28, spoke to reporters during their media day about how the team has been doing since finding out about their coach’s suspension on social media. 

“It’s been hell for us,” Marcus said, per The Athletic reporter Jared Weiss Sept. 26. “It happened in a time that we didn’t have any time to understand everything before media day…we just found out like you guys did, so we’re doing our best to cope.”

Though the team is going through a tough time right now, Marcus said that they’re just trying to manage as they start camp this week. 

“Nobody died, so we didn’t lose anything,” the reigning Defensive Player of the Year said. “I still love Ime as a person and as a coach. It’s just something unfortunate that has happened to him. It doesn’t take away anything from him as a coach, from how he turned this team around.”

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