Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and the rest of the Boston Celtics prepare to open training camp on Friday (or possibly Monday), but the clock is against them with the season opener against the Knicks on Christmas Day closing in.
The Boston Celtics are set to open training camp on Friday, December 9, the date the NBA had originally set following the unofficial end of the NBA Lockout. However, there have been rumors about that date being pushed to next Monday.
Whenever camp does open, the Celtics will have a lot of work on their hands. Not only will they be working against the clock to get ready for the lockout-shortened 66-game season, but they only have seven players under contract.
Plenty of questions surround Danny Ainge and his C's, too. Will Ainge really deal away Rajon Rondo, who he has been trying to trade away in effort to acquire New Orleans Hornets superstar guard Chris Paul? If so, will the C's Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen be able to adapt to Paul and his game.
There is also the question of what the Celtics will do in the free agent market. Both Glen Davis and Jeff Green aren't under contract, with Davis being an unrestricted free agent and Green being limited as a restricted free agent.
Regardless of the official start date of camp, there's certainly no shortage of talking points with this team.