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Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart Pushes Fan In Stands

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I put this here because I know some guys have discussed him as a prospect, well, I have a feeling he is freefalling his way out of the draft.

So he committed a foul that carried him into the stands under the basket. He fell down and when he got up, he apparently took offense with something a fan said to him, so he stood up and viciously shoved the guy and was immediately pulled away by teammates.

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I would still draft him in a heartbeat and I hope we do. 

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http://youtu.be/PFUj4YCKMyM

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I would still draft him in a heartbeat and I hope we do.


When I've watched him, I've never been impressed. I've heard people compare him to Wade, and I dont see it. He doesn't look nearly as explosive to me and he can't shoot. Ive already said, only guy I'm certain that I want to draft is Hairston. We need offense, not more defensive guys who can't shoot.

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I'm betting that fan dropped the N bomb. Regardless, he should know not to respond in that way.

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He even tried fighting fans after the game.. Security had to take him out.

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When I've watched him, I've never been impressed. I've heard people compare him to Wade, and I dont see it. He doesn't look nearly as explosive to me and he can't shoot. Ive already said, only guy I'm certain that I want to draft is Hairston. We need offense, not more defensive guys who can't shoot.

 

 

From what I've seen this season, his shot has improved a good amount (the reason he went back to school) and he is a very hard worker with great upside.  To me, he's the 3rd or 4th best player in the draft. 

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http://m.espn.go.com/ncb/story?storyId=10426105&src=desktop
Interesting take from a scout:

A former NBA general manager who is currently a scout said Saturday that this shouldn't affect Smart's draft status, should he declare, since he will have time to talk about it during the interview process in the spring. The former GM said Smart's character hadn't been called into question in the past.


I call bullish*t. He has been a train wreck for awhile now, and I have no idea how making physical contact with a fan who didn't contact you first is no big deal?

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I'm betting that fan dropped the N bomb. Regardless, he should know not to respond in that way.

First thing I said to my wife as well. Only thing I could think of that would illicit that response from a player. But, I heard Stephen Jackson joke with Dan LeBatard one time about how when he went into the stands and started throwing haymakers at The Palace he was taking out all his frustrations from hearing the "n-word" all those years, lol... and I don't blame him. I didn't think Artest or Jack were wrong in that instance on principle, because it started when a fan threw a drink on Artest (making physical contact).

So, if that were the case, I understand Smart's frustration, but they hadn't touched him, so he should've ignored it and walked off... after all, he is a guy on the verge of making a living playing basketball and that fan is a fat loser watching him and insult him instead of doing it himself. You got to let it go.

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Several sources on twitter, among them Julius Hodge and Bomani Jones, are saying Smart told his coaches immediately after the tech was called that the guy did call him the n-word.

The fan should be banned from games regardless of the outcome with Smart's situation.
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I'm assuming as well that the fan called Smart the n-word to get that reaction. IMO, this is going to be a giant overreaction and suspension for Smart. Did he overreact? "Yes". But at the same time, the fan has the right to have his ass kicked because he wouldn't say a damn thing to Smart if they were alone. 

 

Smart's flopping and now this incident are painting him in a bad light. He obviously has maturing to do...but I honestly have no remorse for a fan getting pushed, if he did invoke Smart or any player for that matter in absolute idiotic ways. If he did attack Smart, especially in a bigoted way...fuck him. 

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