The next trial date for Jared will be October 28. The preseason wraps up on October 25 and the regular season begins on October 29, so his court date is right in the middle of preparation for the Celtics' first game. Of course, the trial isn't the only distraction for Sully, there is also the back injury thing. Even though reports have been positive on his rehab, no one knows as yet whether he will be ready to go for preseason or for the beginning of the season, for that matter.
Celtics forward Jared Sullinger in and out quickly for pre-trial hearing on domestic violence charges. Will be back 10/28. #WCVB
— Jim Lokay WCVB (@LokayWCVB) September 23, 2013
There is also the distraction of Rondo's recovery. Rondo has also been working hard on rehabbing his torn ACL and reports have been positive on his rehab as well. But, as with Sully, there is no timeline for him to return and no one knows when he will take the court for the first time. It could be for the preseason. It could be for opening night. It could be December. No one knows for certain at this point and that has to be a distraction for Coach Stevens and for all of the players.
Along with the uncertainty of the timing for Sully and Rondo's return to the court, there is also the distraction of Kelly Olynyk's feet. His battle with plantar fasciitis this offseason kept him from working out with the Canadian national team. He has said recently that his condition is much better and that he hopes to be ready for training camp. But, we know that plantar fasciitis is a fickle ailment and it can pop back up at any time. Rest is the best treatment for the condition and we won't know if he is 100% until he gets out on the court to begin playing.
Along with all of the physical distractions, there is another player who may have other distractions throughout the season. As much as Kris Humphries has said and done the right things recently, talking about how hard he has worked out and about wanting to earn a long term contract with the Celtics to stick around for the rebuild, he also brings with him a ton of baggage. His short lived marriage to Kim Kardashian has been in the headlines again recently as he has put their engagement ring up for auction. Once you are involved with that family, it's tough to get totally out of the headlines again. There will be rumors and headlines and gossip that will follow him into the season. Hopefully it won't be too much of a distraction.
With a young team like the Celtics will have this season, distractions can derail the entire season. It will be a test of just what kind these kids are made of to see if they can get past all of the distractions and put together a cohesive team. Like I have said before, this is going to be a fun season to watch.
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