The veteran guard broke a team rule and coach Ime Udoka spoke to the media not too long following the news going viral via social media.
The Celtics will suspend guard Marcus Smart for Friday's preseason game vs. Miami due to breaching team rule, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Smart and Celtics have discussed the matter, resolved it and he was with the team on road trip in Orlando and now Miami.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 14, 2021
Smart missed the team flight to Orlando, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, as Udoka didn't give any details on why Smart wouldn't be up when the Celtics face the Heat.
"It's internal, we've handled it. He's remorseful and we hold Marcus (Smart) to a high standard," Udoka said, Thursday after practice. "We made it clear from day one. So, he'll obviously be out tomorrow night. He's with us, here on the trip. And, just look forward to moving on from this; growing and obviously, abide by the team rules and principles. Marcus is one of our leaders who we expect a lot from. He understands that he’s remorseful and we'll move on from there."
"It's one of my rules," Udoka replied. "Like I said, it's been handled internally. He won't play tomorrow and be ready to go for opening night."
"That's between me and the team," Smart replied during his Thursday presser. "We're handling it in-house."
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