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Marcus Smart needs to play his full career in Boston

 Over the past 60 years, the Celtics two greatest players, Bill Russell and Larry Bird, never played for another team during their careers on the hardwood. And Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, The Jones Boys, Tom Heinsohn never played elsewhere. Okay, Cooz did a brief comeback as a player at the age of 41 when he coached The Cincinnati Royals, but I'm not counting it. Hell, you get the idea!


First, let me get something straight! My moniker, The Wolverine, for Marcus has ZERO to do with the film series - and everything to do with one of the most ferocious critters to roam the woods (per Wikipedia):

 It (wolverine) is a muscular carnivore and a solitary animal.[2] The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.


Sound about right? "Muscular carnivore". ""Ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size." That's our guy. Smart admits to having a few issues guarding the quicker, smaller guards, but the defensive limitations end there. Seven-foot centers? No problem! Huge, burly brutes? Ditto!

I have become convinced that The Wolverine's poor shooting percentages are largely due to his intensity on the court. When he is trying to become part of James Harden's apparel, or diving on the floor to  up the 50/50 odds of retrieving loose balls, it has to be tough to settle down, square off, and hit those jumpers.

I have broached my Save The Wolverine campaign before. Enough said! Now let me be honest. Another reason I don't want Marcus' photo on a milk carton is that I just love writing about the guy. We need a Wolverine roaming the streets of Boston - for his entire career. His extinction in Boston should never occur!


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