NEW YORK -- On the same day that Andrew Smith passed away from cancer, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens fought back tears discussing the player he coached at Butler.
Stevens traveled to Indiana on Thursday to visit with Smith and missed the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls.
"I was happy that I got a chance to say goodbye," Stevens, who fought back tears while addressing a throng of reporters, said at Madison Square Garden before the Celtics met the Knicks. "And this is really about when you coach somebody, you get a lot more out of coaching them than they do from you. So, that's that. I could go on and on and it wouldn't do him justice. He was special, he was tough, he set a great example..."