Brad Stevens Misses Celtics-Bulls Game to Visit Former Player Who Has Cancer

January 7th, 2016 by Kyle Newport Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics traveled to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, but due to unfortunate circumstances, Brad Stevens was not on the sideline to coach the team.

Assistant coach Jay Larranaga filled in as Stevens missed the game to be with one of his former Butler Bulldogs players.

Stevens coached the Bulldogs from 2007 to 2013, taking Butler to back-to-back national championship games. As the coach of a college team, he helped young men develop on and off the court. And he created bonds with players that go beyond a four-year relationship.

On Thursday, Stevens missed the first regular-season game of his Celtics career to be with a former player, Andrew Smith, who has cancer. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of, the 25-year-old Smith—who spent four years playing for Stevens at Butler—has been dealing with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Sadly, Smith is not doing so well right now, leading his wife to take to Twitter to ask for prayers:

With one of his former players dealing with something bigger than basketball, Stevens realized bein ...

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