SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 20: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs watches game action against the Murray State Racers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HP Pavilion on March 20, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
In between beating the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday and hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Stevens took time out of his hectic schedule to visit a former Butler Bulldog in Indiana on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reports. Andrew Smith, who played four years under Stevens and played a large role in Butler’s back-to-back NCAA championship appearances, was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Smith was playing basketball professionally in Lithuania when it was discovered he had a tumor in his chest. Soon after, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and returned home to Zionsville, Ind., to undergo treatment.
Smith’s announcement of his diagnosis was made on Friday and just four days later, Stevens was knocking on his door to show his support.
Once a @butleru Bulldog, always a Bulldog. Thanks for flying in, @BCCoachStevens! http://t.co/ttdWGvlDMM— Samantha Smith (@Samantha44Smith) February 11, 2014
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