There are reports coming from Rome on the team and things are getting exciting. The Globe has an article about how intense Garnett is, even in practices.
Garnett's intensity picked up dramatically after his first team lost to the second team. The 2004 NBA Most Valuable Player said he "doesn't like to get beat" and that he got his competitive fire from his mother. "I enjoy competing," said Garnett. "I enjoy playing the game. I get to come to practice and release some of my energy. Release some of my stress." During his 12-year career with Minnesota, Garnett often worried his coaches and the front office by practicing extremely hard. Ex-NBA player Robert Pack played with Clyde Drexler, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Chris Webber, Steve Nash, and Baron Davis, but he couldn't recall anyone who practiced as hard as Garnett did when they were Wolves teammates. "If it wasn't for the other team having the same name on their jersey, you wouldn't know it was practice [with Garnett]," Pack said. "He goes all-out, which should send a message to the rest of the players."
The Herald reports that Tony Allen is putting his knee to the test and playing at full strength. Doc figures to use Tony a great deal at the point coming off the bench with House playing the 2 guard with him.
Assuming he is able to get through camp without any major setbacks, Allen will be spending a good deal of time at point guard on offense. He was there yesterday, running the show for a second unit that also consisted of Eddie House, James Posey, Leon Powe and Brian Scalabrine. (As expected, Paul Pierce [stats], Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo [stats] and Kendrick Perkins [stats] comprised the first team.) “That’s probably pretty much what we think we’ll do,” Rivers said. “Tony will run the point off the bench. When him and Eddie are on the floor, he may have the ball more than Eddie. Tony will guard the 2, but the point will still guard Eddie, so that means the point won’t be guarding Tony and pressuring him.” Allen said he’s yet to hear a definitive word on the positioning, but he added, “I know all the plays, and I feel good with the ball in my hands. But that’s just a way for me to stay in things and get my aggressiveness and my strength back.
Let’s see what else … well, breakfast was really good today. I had some fruit and some egg whites. I didn’t know what some of the stuff was, but it was good. I did have some orange juice that tasted horrible, but maybe it wasn’t orange juice. I started off feeling kind of tired this morning. I’m still not really used to the time. But then I was walking in the hall and I realized this was going to be my first NBA two-a-day. I was like, oh, my gosh. I was thinking, please, God, just let me make it through. But it wasn’t so bad [and the second session was changed to a walk-through]. I got out a little Sunday night, and we got to see some things. The Spanish Steps were nice. It was a whole bunch of us. It was fine until I had my first rookie duty. Gabe (Pruitt) wasn’t there, so I had to do it alone. I had to eat a whole plate of octopus. I think that’s one of the toughest things I ever did in my life. I ate raw octopus. Everybody was like, “Eat it. Eat it. You’d better eat it.'’ So I ate it. You know, team spirit.
My list of guys who stood out today: Ray Allen, who seemingly couldn't miss during the scrimmage; Tony Allen, who was attacking the hole when the opportunity showed itself, and once again, Esteban Batista, who appears more polished than advertised, at least to these eyes, anyway. Captain Paul Pierce also had a strong day. I'm probably leaving a few guys out, and the coaching staff's opinion is the only one that matters anyway, but about two hours later, those are the guys who stuck in my head.
He also reports that Gabe Pruitt sprained his ankle on the final play of a scrimmage game and that Pollard is day to day with his ankle sprain. Yesterday, Pierce was icing his knee.
I don't like all these injuries so soon. One thing we need in order to succeed this season is good health. Last season we would have been much better if we hadn't had 312 player games lost to injuries. I hope that these injuries early aren't going to mean another season of the same. Makes me wonder if the trainig guys are doing their jobs.
Gilbert Arenas is predicting that the Celtics will lose their season opener and he is still carrying a grudge because the Celtics didn't draft him. Get over it Gil!
Oh man, everybody is jumping on this Celtics band wagon. You know what? I was going to go prediction-free for the whole year, but I guess I’m going to break that now. Now, if anybody remembers back when I got drafted, I got a report back that the reason I dropped so far in the draft was that Jim O’Brien of the Celtics said that I was too immature and that I wasn’t ready for the NBA. What really happened was that I had an Achilles injury and I went back to L.A. to go get it healed when I was supposed to have a two-day workout in Boston with O’Brien. He didn’t like that. So word came back to me that he was trashing me and it put this knife through my chest about the Boston Celtics. Back in the day when I would day dream I thought that if I could score 100 points against any team it would be the Boston Celtics. Now, I knew it would never happen, but if I could do one thing in the NBA it would be to score 100 against Boston. So anyway, since everybody is back on the Boston bandwagon it brought back old memories. So listen here. On November 2nd, we’re going to go into that building, we’re opening up Boston. Right now I’m telling the Boston fans: You guys are going to lose. It’s not going to be a victory for Boston. You might as well just cheer for me, because Boston isn’t winning in Boston for the season opener. I’m sorry.
Only 4 more days till we play the Raptors in Rome. The game will be on NBA-TV and ComcastSports Net at 2:30 Eastern time. I can't wait.