Only 11 days till training camp and 19 days till the first preseason game and we are starting so see news and notes coming from the Celtics. I am getting more and more excited for this season to begin. There have been several quotes about KG and his recovery that have been driving poor Lex crazy. One day we read that KG is doing great and ahead of schedule and then we read he isn't cleared to scrimmage yet and may not be ready for the pre-season. Then we read that he is looking good and raring to go. Then we have Bill Simmons chiming in on Twitter saying that KG had his tendons stapled and will never be back to normal. Personally I think that Simmons is just trying to be an alarmist. I've read several places that there were no staples. There may have been some tendon damage but not so serious that he would not recover. Scott Souza, one of the reporters I trust in Boston, had this quote in today's article:
"He's been here several weeks working out," Rivers said prior to teeing off at the team's Shamrock Foundation Golf Tournament at Nashawtuc Country Club. "He's fine. He's good. We're just going to let him run. He's never eased into anything in his life. I don't think he'll do it in this one."
Jessica Camerato reports that KG is talking more, if that was even possible. And, he is working at improving Scal's game.
“He’s happy, he’s talking more, which I didn’t think was possible,” Rivers said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. “He’s got his quickness back and he just looks normal again.”
Over the last 14 years, Garnett has developed a reputation as one of the most vocal players in the league. This offseason his words have a different message.
Garnett has been joining his teammates at the Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham as they prepare for training camp. Even though the Celtics forward, who is coming off season-ending knee surgery, has not been cleared for contact drills, he has found his own way to participate during workouts.
“His presence has been felt. He has been talking more, but you don’t know when he starts playing, maybe he’ll talk less,” Brian Scalabrine said with a laugh. “But he has been leading us in a very instructional kind of way. Before he was like that, but now, like he pulled me aside the other day. He was like, ‘You know, you have to play the game within the game. If you’re trying to get something done later, you want to set it up with something early.’
“And it helps. I went out there and I did it, and it worked right away. He’s a really intelligent guy.”
With every report, I get more and more excited for the season to start. And here is what Ray had to say in Scott's other article:
Allen said Kevin Garnett was in attendance for the workouts, and indicated he thought Garnett just about ready to come off the pick-up game DL after offseason knee surgery.
“Kevin looks strong,” Allen said. “He’s been working and shooting. People have been asking me that all summer. Only he can tell you how he feels and how his body is responding.”
This same sentiment was echoed by Danny Ainge and Ray Allen over the past couple days. I'm going to choose to believe the positive. Maybe we won't see the 100% KG until the season starts, but he is heading there and that is very exciting.
Talk about exciting! Scott Souza also had a great article about Ray Allen and Sheed working out together.
Training camp may still be more than a week away, but Ray Allen is already finding ways to win with prized offseason free agent pickup Rasheed Wallace.
Allen said earlier today at the team’s Shamrock Foundation Golf Tournament that many players have been practicing informally at HealthPoint for the past couple of weeks and that Wallace has been a key to his success in ruling the pickup games.
On my team, I just had guys who were really moving the ball. Rasheed was one of those guys on my team and Rasheed was … one game he must have hit every shot.
“I would come off a pick-and-roll and throw it right back to him. You’ve got to help on me and Rasheed is wide open. So he just knocked them down. He’s backpeddling down the floor saying: ‘Somebody better get out on me! I’m hot.’
“It was great because, as competitive as we all are, you see that when we work and we play.”
Woohoo. I can't wait for the first game. It sounds like Sheed is rejuvenated and ready for the season. And Doc had this quote about new Celtic Marquis Daniels to clarify the role he sees for him.
“Marquis, that’s the guy no one talks about,’’ Rivers said. “I’m really looking forward to coaching him. I didn’t like coaching against him; I thought he was very difficult to match up to. He can play 2 or 3 and he has the ability to handle the ball. We’ll use him at point forward.
“Defensively is where I like him. I thought last year, without having Posey, we didn’t have that other guy that could guard guys off the bench, and that put a lot of stress on Ray and Paul. And this year, we’ll have another guy to defend.
“He’s going to replace [Posey] as far as minutes, but they are totally different. Both of them are very tough-minded, which is good. Posey was a guy who spread the floor more, Marquis will be a guy with the ball in his hands more and making decisions.
I guess nobody is talking about him because everybody else is in camp early except Daniels. You would think that he'd want to get a head start with his new team. Anyway, this seems to indicate that Doc will be using Quisy as a point forward, and a defender similar to the role that Posey filled for us. But there is one big difference between Daniels and Posey. Posey could stretch the defenses and hit the 3, whereas Daniels doesn't have that range. But he can drive if they give him that first step. But if he plays along side House, Eddie can hit the long ball after Quisy draws the defenders on his drives. Can you feel the excitement yet? I sure can.
It was important to get everyone back. We thought at the end of the year we had to add to the team and I thought we did that. But we didn’t want to lose anyone, and we didn’t. We basically ended up with the team we had last year, with more, better players. I just like our team this year.
We did lose a player. Leon Powe. And Leon was a big part of the reason we won banner #17. Leon gave his heart and soul and his knee for the good of this team and for Doc to say we didn't lose anybody is pretty lousy on Doc's part.
Another story that has surfaced lately is that Danny has said that he and Rondo would be talking about a contract extension before the start of training camp. Failure to sign Rondo to an extension before the start of training camp could be costly because if he doesn't get an extension, he will be a restricted free agent next off season. If Rondo has the season I expect him to have, he will be worth a lot more after the season. Max had said that Rondo would be willing to sign for around 5 years and $50 million. That would be a great signing if they could get him for that. PG and Center are the hardest positions to fill and the Celtics have solid players at both positions. They need to keep them.
Tonight at 10, Celtics fans should watch the Sparks playoff game on NBA-TV. Candace Parker is now part of the Celtics family and we need to cheer her on to win a championship. Lisa Leslie deserves to go out a winner and a championship for Candace would be the best motivation for Shelden Williams that we could ever find.