I love the fact that the Celtics young players are working so hard over the off season. The fact that they are working on conditioning and building muscle and losing body fat is going to make them all much better players. I for one expect Al to come in and have a very big year this year. He feels he has a lot to prove and I think he will do it. Perk is due for a break out year this year as well. I believe they should start Al and Perk and let them play together. I believe they can be a dominant front court with some playing time together. One interesting fact in the article is how hard Green and Gomes have worked as well. I believe that Gomes will be even better this year than last. Another great article from Scott Souza.
There have been plenty of growing pains involved with the Celtics’ youth movement over the past two years.
One guy who is not complaining is Celtics strength & conditioning coach Walter Norton Jr. Except, maybe, when he realizes that it means there are precious few off days left in his offseason.
Norton and fellow coach Bryan Doo have been busy this summer with the younger crowd. With the team’s failure to make the playoffs this past season, the duo began instituting the offseason conditioning regimens in May and have had players biding for their attention ever since.
Through June, that meant as many as nine guys coming to the team’s Waltham training facility each day to work. The practices became more organized in advance of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League -- where eight players on the current roster participated. Since returning in the middle of July, things have slowed down a bit, but Norton says there is still a steady stream of players checking in at the Sports Authority Training Center each week, while Norton and Doo have traveled throughout the country to meet up with others. [More]