On Thursday, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told reporters, including Mark Murphy of the Boston Heraldthat Smart had been banned from today’s game for violating the team rules and that he was “repentant” for his actions.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the reason Smart was suspended was because he missed the team’s flight to Orlando.
Smart will be banned from the Celtics’ final preseason game against the Miami Heat on Friday night in Miami. Smart should be available for Boston’s regular season opener on Wednesday, October 20, at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.
“Marcus is one of our leaders and we expect a certain standard from him and he knows it,” Udoka told The Athletic. “He is remorseful. He won’t play [against the Heat] and we’ll get it ready for the opening night. “
Boston invested heavily in the 27-year-old security guard, signing him for a $ 77 million four-year extension during the off-season.