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Marcus Smart insists he has only gained from offseason weight loss

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Smart lost 20 pounds this offseason, but wanted everyone to know that his impressive strength hasn’t left him.

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One of the bigger stories heading into the 2017-18 season for the Celtics is Marcus Smart’s improvement in a contract year. He slimmed down his frame, losing 20 pounds to weigh about 219 lbs. While that should help his quickness and explosiveness, there were questions to whether Smart could still keep up with bigger player’s strength down low. At Celtics Media Day, Smart assured us that his strength is still there.

Some of Smart’s teammates have already noticed how fast he has become after the weight loss.

This is a scary thought for opposing coaches. Smart also said that his new-found quickness will help him guard, “The guards like Bradley Beal and John Wall a lot better.” For him to improve his perimeter defense without losing his edge in the post should make for a special year for Smart on the defensive end.

Another concern going into the year was that the Celtics would have to take some time in developing a new identity after the departures of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Smart is the longest tenured Celtic on the roster, so if anyone is going to spearhead that effort, it’s probably him. However, Smart is confident that other than the players on the roster, nothing has changed.

Some of Smart’s most noteworthy comments had the same theme. While Smart lost weight, he has only gained from it, and while the Celtics lost core players, the culture is still the same. This is a promising development heading into training camp, and we’ll see how quickly the players on the team now get acclimated with each other on the floor.

Take a look at Smart’s full press conference below in the video produced by CLNS Media.