Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 5, 2014

Do you think your defense, at least in these early stages, is a little bit ahead of your offensive game?

I think so. I was born and raised playing defense. Every team I’ve played with was a defensive-minded team first before offense. So there was always defense.

You were back-rimming a lot of shots in the first half. How do you explain that?

Nerves. But I’d rather be long than short. Everything was on line. It was just long. The second game, just adjust and keep shooting.

What’s been your best personal basketball moment since you went to college?

I’d probably have to say my 39-point game against Memphis at home. As an athlete and competitor, it’s the ultimate feeling to have that type of game, in the type of environment that Oklahoma State had. Gallagher-Iba, it’s really hard to play in, and we played against a really good team and a really good coach.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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