Shira posts some thoughts on the first day of Training Camp. There were a couple of minor health issues during practice. Telfair felt his back stiffen during practice and Gomes had a strained groin muscle and so both didn't participate in the wind sprints at the end of practice. And then there was Delonte who is still resting his sore back. Both Telfair and Gomes expect to participate in tomorrow's practice.
Some intriguing highlights from all the mixing and matching included Tony Allen taking on rookie Rajon Rondo. Undrafted free agent Akin Akingbala impressed those in the gym by taking a hard charge from center Dwayne Jones. Near the end of practice, the Green team consisted of Paul Pierce, Wally Szczerbiak, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and Ryan Gomes in what could be a glimpse of the starting lineup Doc Rivers hopes to use opening night. That version of the Green team scrimmaged in the halfcourt against a White team comprised of Rondo, Allen, Kendrick Perkins, Gerald Green and Al Jefferson, perhaps the players Rivers hopes will separate from the pack and become the rest of the rotation.
Of the big men doing sprints, Michael Olowokandi and Brian Scalabrine looked impressive, leading the pack for a couple sets. Meanwhile, Pierce found running up and down so easy he finished running backwards.
I guess Kandi is serious about working hard to try to win a spot. Scalabrine is surprising although I heard that he has slimmed down quite a bit this summer.
Wow, interesting starting lineup, but man, what a powerful 2nd unit that will turn out to be. Having Perk, Jefferson, Green, Tony, and either Delonte or Rajon coming in for Theo, Gomes, Pierce, Wally, and Telfair will really put a charge into our second team. Wow, I can see that making a difference.
But, seems like a slow starting lineup and I don't know if that will maximize Telfair's strengths. Like I said, Doc throws curveballs and I can see him using Theo as a starter.