Players are back in Waltham working out and Perk, Gomes, West, Ray, Pittsnogle, Green, Jones, Allen, and Ratliff are all there working out.
Good news about Ratliff being here and he is already giving the kids pointers. Ratliff just arrived in Boston and was getting to know his teammates, who already learned today that he sets solid picks and carves out space for his jump hook quite nicely with his broad shoulders. The elder statesman on the floor by far, he was already dispensing advice to younger players about setting picks and getting open.
Jefferson has been in Boston all summer and is working hard on his rehab. He plans to be playing by training camp. Perk's rehab has gone well and he is playing in game situations. I expect both Perk and Al to have break out years.
Jefferson also reported that Kendrick Perkins is "feeling good" and just recently started to play in contact situations. Jefferson said that it's a big year for Perkins and himself, and he think Ratliff will be a big influence on both of them.
"I think he's going to be a big key for me and for Perk," said Jefferson, who noted that the team has a lot of young veterans who are tired of losing. "He's a vet and he's been where we're trying to go. It's going to be fun."
Good news that now we have both Ratliff and Clifford Ray to mentor our bigs. Great to hear that all these players are here early and working hard on their games. There is the added benefit that they are also building chemistry.
Jefferson is saying the right things right now, and I hope he truly means it. If he sets his sites on averaging a double double, he's going to have to bring his "A" game every night. I have little doubt that he can do this, but I'm thinking maybe next season, or late this season. But if he can come out strong and be a double double guy, I will be a very happy Celtics fan.
Nice to hear that Tony Allen is doing well. The kid has got the talent to be a standout player. Last season, he ran with Antoine Walker, Michael Jordan, and some others (I think Gilbert Arenas too), and they were saying that he was the best player on the court. Late last season, he started showing what he can do when healthy. If he stays focused, he can be a big part of the team. His defensive and offensive abilities can do a lot for us.