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Brad Stevens flies to visit former Butler player recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma

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Brad Stevens continues to show exactly what made his tenure at Butler so special.

Stevens, who reached two NCAA championship games at Butler and is now the head coach of the Boston Celtics, recently flew into Indianapolis to visit his former player, Andrew Smith, who is ill.

Smith began playing basketball professionally in Lithuania in September before receiving the news that he had a tumor in his chest. He was later diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and returned home to Zionsville, Ind., to receive treatment.

On Tuesday, Smith’s wife Samantha said that Andrew received a visit from Stevens.

Stevens’ Celtics hosted the Mavericks on Sunday, played at Milwaukee on Monday and host the Spurs on Wednesday night. Stevens made time in between all that to stop by and see his former player.

Smith played in 134 career games with Butler from 2009 to last year. He was a freshman when they reached the championship game in 2010 and a sophomore when they made it back to the title game the next year. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season. He is ranked 25th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,147 points and 12th with 648 career rebounds.

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