Today's Herald article shared with us Wally's thoughts on the upcoming season. Wally seems very excited to be in Boston and is looking forward to training camp. His knees are feeling good and so his shooting should be back to his normal 50% or better.
“There’s no question,” he said. “I’m moving so much better. I feel good. We took care of everything we needed to take care of. It was a pretty minor procedure. I’ve been working hard all summer, just doing a lot of rehab and strength work. Now we’re starting to amp up the running and the full-court work.”
He also seems very excited about playing with Telfair.
“Oh, he’s great,” Szczerbiak said of the third-year point guard. “He’s so fast. Just keeping up with him going up and down the floor is going to be a challenge, but I love playing that way. You get easy shots, easy buckets. You put the pressure on the opposing team. You don’t always have to be running halfcourt sets, and I think with the personnel we have that’s going to be really good.”
Filling lanes with Paul Pierce and others, Szczerbiak is excited about Telfair’s ability to create shots for others.
“Sebastian’s not going to take a lot of time to get used to playing with his teammates,” he said. “He knows the game. He plays the game at a frenzied pace. I think when you saddle him with plays, it’s to his disadvantage. If you let him go, it’s to his advantage.
Hopefully Doc will have the sense to let both PG's create instead of trying to micro-manage. It is a shame that we have to worry about Doc not seeing the obvious and doing something dumb, but we do.
Playing at a frenzied pace is good if you can control the game at that pace and not turn the ball over by trying to go too fast. That is where I think Rondo may have the advantage. In summer league he ran at the same pace as Telfair, but seemed to be much more under control while doing so. With either PG, Wally better get used to running as we are going to do a lot of it this season!
Wally makes the comment that he and Pierce need to make sure they run with Telfair so he can get them the ball. That is hitting it right on the head, Wally.
Rondo has several advantages over Telfair. He is a better ball handler (due to his unusually big hands and strong fingers--he palms the basketball like a baseball), he's a better penetrator, he's a better athlete, he's got more length and reach, and he's far ahead of Telfair on defense. In the SL, he played a lot more under control than Bassy and didn't seem to force things as much as Telfair seemed to.
But Telfair has got this aura surrounding him, like he's destined to be some big hit, and I'm getting a feeling its going to happen while he's here in Boston.