Sept. 16, 2019 marks one year since Marcus Smart's mother, Camellia, passed away after a battle with cancer.
Since then, Smart has paid tribute to Camellia in several touching ways. Before last year's season opener, the Celtics guard honored his mom by dressing like a "little king" -- a name she always used to call him. He also has a tattoo to remember her, and continues to make her proud by putting his heart and soul into every single play and representing his home country in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
On Monday, Smart took to social media to honor Camellia with a heartfelt message.
1 year ago. 1 of the most difficult times of my life. This day now represents happiness bc u no longer suffer/no longer hurt/no longer want/no longer need! 2day is ur day momma. Thank u 4 the love/for the fight that's within me at all times! Never forgotten 🙏❤️rip to a real one pic.twitter.com/9g6JIAmE14— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) September 16, 2019
With the FIBA World Cup in the rearview, Smart's attention shifts to the start of Celtics camp a few weeks from now. He'll hope the chemistry built overseas with C's teammates Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown will carry over to the season opener on Oct. 23.
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