Report: Brad Stevens to miss Celtics game to visit former Butler player battling cancer

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During his career with the Butler Bulldogs, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had a ton of success. He lead the Bulldogs to two straight national championship games before landing his job in the NBA two years later.

One of his best players at Butler during his time there was Andrew Smith. He had a fantastic career as he helped take them to four straight conference championships and ended his days with the Bulldogs with a 52-percent shooting percentage from the field.

Sadly, his NBA career was cut short before it ever really got started after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in early 2014. The Celtics play on the road against the Chicago Bulls tonight, but they will be without Stevens as ESPN reported via the Indianapolis Star that he will miss the game to go visit Smith, who was re-admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.

It’s great to see that Stevens still cares about his former players and it certainly has to make Smith feel better as well.

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