Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has tested positive for coronavirus.
I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP pic.twitter.com/xkijb9wlKV— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) March 19, 2020
I’ve had no symptoms and I feel great. But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance. This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) March 19, 2020
Earlier on Thursday evening the Boston Celtics released a statement that one of their players had tested positive for COVID-19:
A statement from the Boston Celtics: pic.twitter.com/hNrEn8IBM1— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 19, 2020
The positive coronavirus test is the latest in a long string of injuries and ailments for Smart this season. He previously missed time this year with an eye infection. Smart has also battled a series of bumps and bruises, most notably to his hip.
Smart is in his sixth year with the Celtics. The scrappy guard has become a Boston fan favorite for his all-out style of play. Smart has regularly professed his love for the only NBA city he’s called home. Many Celtics fans refer to Smart as the team’s captain, despite that honor never having been bestowed upon him.
The NBA has been on hiatus since last Wednesday, March 11.