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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Stevens visits former player with cancer

By Chris Forsberg

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens appears to have used the team's offday Tuesday to visit with Andrew Smith, one of his former players at Butler University who was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. From the Indianapolis Star:
It appears Stevens made time amid his hectic NBA schedule to fly back to Zionsville to visit the Smith family. Stevens' Celtics, 19-34 on the year and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, won Monday night in Milwaukee and host the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night in Boston.

And it's not the first time Stevens has gone out of his way for a former player. It was just this past summer when Stevens, three days after accepting the Celtics head coaching position, turned up in Connersville, Ind. to honor a promise he'd made to Matt Howard's father.

Smith had began playing for the Eurocup team, the Neptunas, in September. Since returning to Indianapolis, Smith has started treatment to combat the cancer. His return to the Neptunas -- or professional basketball at all, for that matter -- remains uncertain until the treatment is complete.

And a snapshot from Smith's wife, Samantha, via Twitter:

Once a @butleru Bulldog, always a Bulldog. Thanks for flying in, @BCCoachStevens! pic.twitter.com/ttdWGvlDMM

— Samantha Smith (@Samantha44Smith) February 11, 2014