Marcus Smart is going to be a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. There’s not much that can happen that’s going to change that. However, the incident involving Smart and a fan from Texas Tech on Saturday night certainly has some people starting to ask questions about the talented guard.
As Smart’s Oklahoma State team was in the final seconds of being upset by the Red Raiders, Smart was knocked down on the baseline. A fan in the front rows said something to the guard, causing Smart to bolt up, get in the fan’s face, and shove the fan. Smart said afterwards that the fan called him a racial slur, but that didn’t stop the Big 12 from handing down a three game suspension to the guard.
Speaking from experience, though, New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace had some advice for Smart as he inevitably ventures into the Association. In an article from ESPN, World Peace said that he believes this could be a great opportunity for Smart to learn from his mistakes and learn how to more adequately deal with fans being rambunctious, no matter how inappropriate what’s being said is.
World Peace went on to say that he wished he had the chance to learn that type of lesson when he was 19 years old and that he had listened to people who tried to guide him when he was that age. He also added that he thinks that Smart would do well to channel his passion towards the game on the floor.
I highly doubt the incident will affect Smart’s draft stock much at all, if any. He’s too talented and the circumstances here offer a bit of leniency. However, Smart would be wise to—as unlikely as this may sound—take the advice from World Peace and channel his emotions towards basketball in the future, learning a lesson from all of this.