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Celtics Coach Missed Thursday’s Game To See Former Player Fighting Cancer

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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens missed Boston’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night because he took time to be with a former player fighting cancer, Fox 59 Indianapolis reports.

The former Butler coach was seeing his former Bulldogs player Andrew Smith who has been hospitalized with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Smith was on both of the Butler teams that Stevens took to the championship game in back to back years, and so it’s no mystery why the two share a close relationship. (RELATED: LeBron James Goes Extra Mile For Special Olympian [VIDEO])

ESPN host Scott Van Pelt confirmed the news during a late-night segment Thursday night, and eloquently summed up how many people feel about Stevens’ decision to take some time off to see his struggling former player.

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