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10:00 AM ET 02.22 | Despite the suspension and the losses and the criticism, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart says basketball has remained a source of enjoyment. "It actually has," Smart said, "even though we've been having a rough patch where we've been losing. I grew up with basketball my whole life. It's never going to stop being fun, but the day it does is the day I'm going to put it down. When you're not having fun anymore, then there's no reason to play." Smart returns from his three-game Big 12 suspension Saturday for a home game against Texas Tech. The preseason All-America guard hasn't played since shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr two weeks ago. At the time, Oklahoma State's losing streak was four games. Now it has hit seven and the Cowboys (16-10, 4-9 Big 12) are on the wrong side of NCAA bracket projections. If Smart was under a magnifying glass before the incident, it's become more like an electron microscope. Smart took the first step Thursday, talking to reporters in Stillwater.

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February 22, 2014  10:05 AM ET

You need some affective skills with those bball skills, Mr. Smart.

February 22, 2014  10:53 AM ET

Marcus Notso

 
February 22, 2014  04:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You need some affective skills with those bball skills, Mr. Smart.

A hearing aid might help as he was the only person who heard " the word" in that whole mess.

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