Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has said that he's "good" with the NBA fining him over his on-court altercation with J.R Smith during the Celtics' preaseason affair with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Both players were slapped with fines this week, with Smart being ordered to part with $25,000 while Smith was fined $10,000 less for initiating the incident. The Boston star claims he isn't surprised and was expecting some form of punishment but he's now ready to move on.
"I wasn't surprised," Smart said, via Mass Live on Tuesday. "Like I said, I figured something was coming. I didn't know exactly what it was, but I knew something was coming. It's all good. It's done with. Moving on.
"I didn't know what was going to come out of it," Smart said. "But whatever did, you know, like I said, I would man up and take the consequences. You know, the league issued what they issued, and now it's time for us to move on as a team."
The powers that be opted not to suspend the players, much to the relief of Boston head coach Brad Stevens.
"I mean obviously, you want him available for games, for sure," Stevens said. "I think that ultimately we need him available for games. That's the bottom line, and there's obviously history there with those two guys, and he just reacted and escalated a situation, and that's why he got kicked out and fined.
"But we need to understand that we need to be available for games."
While the player has acknowledged that he has to put his team first as he's well aware they need him, he doesn't plan on altering his personality all that much.
"In that aspect so I don't miss games and hurt my team," Smart added. "Like I said, that's how I've always been though. That's me. Nothing's going to change. Nobody's going to change nothing at all. I'm going to continue being me. That's how I was raised. That's who I am.
"But obviously I've just got to think about the team. I'm important to my team and my teammates need me, so I can't be missing any games.
"I need this team, and they need me."