NBA fans and the Boston Celtics faithful held their breaths when they learned 10 days ago that Marcus Smart had tested positive for coronavirus. The hard-nosed defensive whiz is about as tough as they come in the game of basketball, but as they say, the virus doesn't care.
Luckily, there's good news to report this evening. Smart himself has taken to Twitter to share with all of us that he's been cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He fought COVID-19 and won.
When Smart revealed his initial positive test, he insisted that he was experiencing no symptoms, but that it was incumbent on all of us to stay safe by adhering to social distancing and leaving nothing up to chance. Now, he's come out the other side.
He's now one of four infected players to be cleared of the COVID-19 threat on a public basis.
When coronavirus hit the NBA, American sports immediately skidded to a halt. To know that one more athlete has a clean bill of a health is a small but encouraging step in the long, slow road back to what will hopefully be normalcy in the coming weeks or months.