As always, Greg Payne is on top of things announcing the press conference introducing the Celtics 3 new rookies. Jared Sullinger (#7) Fab Melo (#13) and Kris Joseph (#43) were introduced today at the Jackson Mann/Horace Mann Educational Complex. I have to tell you I've got pangs of sadness seeing that #43 jersey being held up.
Sullinger reiterated that he doesn't have back problems that have affected his play and he's ready to get to work for the Celtics. He also expressed his happiness at being in Boston by saying that if he had it to do over again, he'd be happy to drop to #21 to land in Boston.
Melo, for his part stated that he is coachable and willing to do whatever it takes to help the team. When he was warned of KG's policy of washing his hands of any prospects who don't listen to his guidance, Melo assured everyone that he hasn't yet met KG but he is willing and anxious to learn from him and he feels that together they can do great things.
Joseph answered questions about his ability to play man defense after his years in Syracuse's zone defense. He assured the crowd that even though there will be a learning curve he has played man before and will be able to handle the defensive duties in the Celtics system.
The trio will make their Celtics debuts at the Orlando Summer League which will begin on July 9. Click here for the schedule. For the first time in several years, the Celtics will also be participating in the Vegas Summer league. You can click here for that schedule.