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Paul Pierce is doubtful for the Boston Celtics' season opener against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden. Pierce missed the majority of training camp and continues to recover from a bruised right heel.
Nothing left to do but play for real, right? The Boston Celtics will wrap up their 2011-12 training camp with their final practice at noon EDT on Friday afternoon at Healthpoint, the team's practice facility, in Waltham, MA.
Ready or not, the C's will open the regular season on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Boston trimmed its roster from 17 to 14 players on Thursday, waiving camp invites Michael Sweetney, Jamal Sampson and Gilbert Brown.
As it stands, the Celtics roster currently includes the following players: Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley, Marquis Daniels, Keyon Dooling, Kevin Garnett, JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Jermaine O'Neal, Sasha Pavlovic, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Greg Stiemsma and Chris Wilcox.
Rivers wanted to leave one roster spot open so the Celtics could pursue a free agent. It's looking like that free agent could be Mickael Pietrus, who was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday and is reportedly leaning towards signing with Boston if he clears waivers by Saturday night.
Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics trimmed their roster down to 14 players following Thursday's practice in Waltham, waiving Michael Sweetney and Gilbert Brown in the early evening after announcing that Jamal Sampson had been cut earlier in the day.
Sweetney, Brown and Sampson were all training camp invites who were facing long odds to make the team. Rivers wanted to cut the roster from 17 to 14 so the Celtics would have room to sign a veteran free agent if they wanted.
For Sweetney, this was his second stint with the Celtics at training camp, as he was also with the team at camp two seasons ago. In 233 career games, Sweetney has averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, but hasn't played since 2007.
Sampson is a five-year veteran forward-center who last played for the Denver Nuggets in the 2006-07 season. In his five years, Sampson averaged 2.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 72 games spent with five different teams.
Brown, a forward-guard, was an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh.
WALTHAM - Jamal Sampson has been waived by the Boston Celtics on Thursday, which leaves the team with 16 players on the roster with two more cuts - most likely Michael Sweetney and Gilbert Brown - likely to come before the week's end.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said after the C's win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night that the team will likely trim the roster to 14 players, leaving one spot for a potential free agent signing. To do so, they will need to cut two more.
Sampson, a forward-center, was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 18 pick of the second round (No. 46 overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. However, he was traded twice and landed with the Milwaukee Bucks. In his first season in 2002-03, Sampson played in five games and didn't score a point. Sampson has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets. His best season was in 2004-05 with Charlotte, where he averaged 3.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in a career-high 23 games.
BOSTON - Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics will likely trim the team's roster to 14 players from 17 before the start of the regular season, the team's head coach told reporters following Boston's 81-73 win over Toronto in the preseason finale on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
"Not yet," Rivers said when asked if the team had made any roster decisions after Wednesday's game. "We've made a couple but we haven't announced them or done anything yet. It'd be really nice to tell the guy first.
"There's guys still out there unsigned and we're going to want to sign one of them. We're looking around. I still think there will be buyouts, probably starting [Thursday]. There's so many things that can happen and we want to make sure, if that happens, we're able to do it quick instead of delayed. We may keep 15 for a couple more days, but after that we're going to probably go to 14."
Michael Sweetney, Jamal Sampson and Gilbert Brown are the three players who will likely be cut over the next few days. Brown and Sampson did not speak to the media following the preseason finale, but Sampson was seen walking out of a side room in the locker room with GM Danny Ainge and appeared depressed after the game.
Greg Stiemsma, a former NBA D-League player, was invited to Celtics camp and has likely made enough of an impact to stick around with the team, for now. Stiemsma scored seven points and had five rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes.
"He played great. It was good to see," Rivers said about Stiemsma. "It was nice because we played him with some of the starters, which we were trying to do. He can block shots, he can run the floor, he can make the shot from the elbow. That was great when he just jacked it. That was what we wanted him to do. It was a good showing by him."
Boston will another practice at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday in preparation for the season opener.
Before they take on the Toronto Raptors in their preseason finale, the Boston Celtics will hold a morning shootaround at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning at Healthpoint, the team's practice facility, in Waltham, MA.
Late on Wednesday, the Celtics host the Raptors at 7:30 p.m. EDT at TD Garden. Boston (1-0) defeated Toronto (0-1), 76-75, in their preseason opener on Sunday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The C's were led by Ray Allen (12 points), Marquis Daniels (11 points) and Kevin Garnett had nine points and seven rebounds in the win.
Boston will be without Paul Pierce in the game, as the captain continues to recover from a bruised right heel that has kept him out of the majority of training camp. The C's may make two roster cuts to trim down to 15 players before or right after the game, with Greg Stiemsma, Jamal Sampson, Michael Sweetney and Gilbert Brown all likely in jeopardy of being cut.
Paul Pierce has been the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics for the past decade, and they wouldn't be where they are now without him. Yet the recent heel injury to The Truth has his status for the Celtics' season opener in jeopardy.
Paul Pierce will not play in the Boston Celtics' preseason finale against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening at TD Garden, according to head coach Doc Rivers who told reporters on Tuesday that he was concerned about Pierce's health.
"I'm concerned, not long-term, but I'm concerned short-term," Rivers told reporters (via WEEI). "We have those two games right off the bat and he's gone one practice and that's basically it. So, yeah I'm concerned about it."
Pierce has been suffering from a bruised right heel that has kept him out of the majority of training camp practices, the team's open scrimmage and the preseason opener against the Raptors on Sunday. Pierce is entering his 14th season in the NBA, all with the Celtics, and has scored 21,410 points and collected 5,847 rebounds and 3,661 assists in 964 career games.
Pierce went through drills on Monday, but did not participate in the team's practice Tuesday after experiencing soreness.
"I'm concerned," Doc Rivers told reporters after the practice. "I'm not concerned long-term, but I'm concerned short-term."
Losing Pierce for any extended period of time would hurt the Celtics, whose depth at small forward is not a team strength since losing Jeff Green for the season. If Pierce misses any regular season games, Marquis Daniels would likely start in his place and Sasha Pavlovic would see an expanded role off of Boston's bench. Rivers said it's also a possibility for Daniels to remain with the second unit even if Pierce cannot suit up, because Daniels has fit so well with the bench during practices.
Pierce won't play in Boston's final preseason game on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. Rivers said the plan is for Pierce to practice on Friday in hopes of being available on Sunday when the Celtics open the season at Madison Square Garden.
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After defeating the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, the Boston Celtics will have the day off on Monday and will not hold a training camp practice. The team's next practice is scheduled for noon on Tuesday afternoon at Healthpoint in Waltham.
Boston edged Toronto, 76-75, to grab a win in the preseason opener for both teams. Ray Allen scored 12 points, Marquis Daniels added 11 points and Kevin Garnett had nine points and seven rebounds in the win for the Celtics, who were without Paul Pierce, Sasha Pavlovic and Jamal Sampson in the win.
The Celtics mostly have their rotations set for the regular season, but there are still a few position battles to be won. Avery Bradley and E'Twaun Moore are still battling for playing time behind Allen while Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox and Greg Stiemsm (if he makes the team) will all likely split time behind Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal at the four and five spots.
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green requires heart surgery to repair his aorta that will force him to miss the entire 2011-12 season, the team announced on Saturday.
Green signed a one-year, $9 million contract last week, but his physical examination revealed a heart issue that required additional testing. After a week spent meeting with doctors, Green's surgery has been set for Jan. 9.
"While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff's case," Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said in a press release. "The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career."
Because Green did not pass his physical examination, his contract will be voided, but the Celtics will be unable to use the $9 million to sign any other free agents since they were so far over the salary cap to begin with. With the loss of Green, the Celtics have 13 players on their roster and can spend the veteran's minimum to fill the two open spots.
The Celtics acquired Green in a mid-season trade last year. He struggled to adjust to his new role in Boston, but the Celtics were expecting improvements in his second year.
Green is expected to be able to repair to the NBA next season.
Michael Sweetney hasn't played in the NBA since 2007 and was not even planning on playing this season at the start of December. Now, he has been presented with an opportunity to play with the 17-time world champion Boston Celtics.
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics are one week into training camp, and that can only mean one thing: injuries, injuries, injuries. Jeff Green has been the team's most concerning injury so far, suffering from a mystery ailment that has kept him out of practice since signing a one-year deal worth $9 million. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Sasha Pavlovic are also on the C's injury report as of Friday evening. Here's more on each player's injury.
Jeff Green: Green has been held out of every training camp practice after he failed the stress test portion of his physical, and the team has not yet learned what the mysterious setback is but should know by Saturday.
"Nothing," said Rivers when asked what he could tell the media about Green. "I will know for sure [Saturday]. I keep saying that, but I will. Danny [Ainge] called and said he'll announce it tomorrow, so we'll wait. Other than that, we just leave it at that."
Kevin Garnett: KG suffered a setback in practice on Thursday, injuring his thumb. Garnett was in attendance at the Celtics' open scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden, but the Big Ticket sat on the bench for the entire game.
"He hurt his thumb yesterday in practice," Rivers said. "X-Rays were negative, which was good. We just didn't want to play with that. He'll play Sunday [against the Toronto Raptors]."
Paul Pierce: The Truth was the first player out on the court prior to Friday's scrimmage, but he was held out of the game and will not play in the team's preseason opener in Toronto on Sunday. Pierce is recovering from a bruised right heel that he suffered during training camp practice this past week. Rivers says he will practice again on Monday.
Rajon Rondo: It appears that Rondo has fully healed from a sprained right ankle suffered during practice this week that held him out of several practices, as Rondo played 20 minutes in Friday's scrimmage and finished with two points and seven assists. Rondo will likely play in the preseason game against Toronto over the weekend.
Sasha Pavlovic: The recently re-signed Pavlovic did not play in the Friday scrimmage as he continues to heal from a wrist injury suffered in the latter portion of the week. His status is unknown for Sunday's game.
"He's just got to wait and let it heal," Rivers said. "He'll be back soon, but I don't know if that means Sunday or not."
BOSTON - Jeff Green's mystery ailment has been the talk of the town ever since the fifth-year forward for the Boston Celtics failed the stress test portion of his physical and has been held out of practice. The C's held an open scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden, and head coach Doc Rivers addressed Green's condition after the game concluded.
"Nothing," said Rivers when asked what he could tell the media about Green. "I will know for sure [Saturday]. I keep saying that, but I will. Danny [Ainge] called and said he'll announce it tomorrow, so we'll wait. Other than that, we just leave it at that."
Green signed a one-year deal worth $9 million with the Celtics towards the start of training camp, but hasn't been able to practice since due to his failed physical. Green has been at team shootarounds and has appeared healthy, but there's more than meets the eye. In 26 games with the Celtics last season, Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds.
BOSTON - Avery Bradley hit the game-winning bucket as time expired to lead the Green Team past the White Team, 52-51, in the annual Boston Celtics open scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden.
E'Twaun Moore hit a wide open three with 0.8 left in the game to put the White Team on top, 51-50. With his team down by one, Bradley received the inbound pass and heaved up a quick jumper near the corner of the arc as time expired and sent the season ticket holders in attendance into a frenzy.
"The play was actually not for me," said Bradley. "It was for two different people, actually. It was for Chris [Wilcox] and JaJuan [Johnson], but Ray [Allen] got a little lazy on defense and I was wide open and just put it up, made it."
Chris Wilcox led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting for the Green Team and Marquis Daniels added 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and had five assists. Keyon Dooling scored nine points (3-for-7 FG; 3-for-3 3PT), JaJuan Johnson added six points and Bradley finished with seven points for the Green Team.
Brandon Bass led the White Team with 13 points and two rebounds while Moore (5-for-7) scored 12 points. Jermaine O'Neal totaled nine points, Ray Allen (3-for-6) had seven points and Michael Sweetney added six points. Rajon Rondo (seven assists) scored four points and Gilbert Brown had two points for the White Team.
"This is an energetic, enthusiastic city," O'Neal said about the crowd. "They're very passionate about the team. They want to see a good product out there. You still get nervous."
The White Team jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead with 7:53 to play and finished out the first half on a 19-16 run to take a 29-18 advantage after 12 minutes of play. In the second half, the Green Team outscored the White Team 34-21.
"The first seven minutes I loved the starting unit, whichever starting unit that was," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "They just executed good stuff. They had 27 points with three minutes left in a 12-minute game, that was good. On the other side, I didn't like it because we had just given update 27 points. You're coaching against yourself.
The Celtics will not hold practice Saturday, according to Rivers, but will watch film.
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, whose physical examination revealed a mysterious red flag that the team has not yet revealed, will meet with more doctors on Friday and the team expects to make a more detailed announcement on Green's ailment later in the day.
Danny Ainge will travel to the doctors appointments with Green. Doc Rivers declined to say where exactly Ainge and Green will go, but said the team expects to figure out whether Green will be ready for the start of the regular season.
"They're either going to say he can or can't; one of the two, that's the way I look at it," Rivers said. "If he can't [play immediately], that would make things more difficult, there's no doubt. That's why we have Sasha [Pavlovic] and Marquis [Daniels] in here, who can play the three (small forward)."
A report by the Boston Herald earlier Friday said that Green is expected to be okay long-term, but is undergoing more tests to determine whether he will need a procedure to treat his mysterious ailment.
Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics will host an early practice as well as a scrimmage open to season ticket holders on Friday morning and evening at TD Garden, the team's home arena, in Boston, MA. Shootaround begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT while the open practice/scrimmage begins at 6 p.m. and lasts roughly two hours.
Friday's practice will be headlined by the status of Jeff Green, who has been held out of practice after he re-signed with the team but failed his physical with an unknown ailment. Rivers and Danny Ainge shared little about Green's condition during Thursday's practice, but Ainge told reporters that his test results were in and it would be discussed Friday.
In addition to Green, both Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce have been held out of practice. Pierce will not play in the C's preseason opener against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, according to Rivers, while Rondo may see action in the game.
BOSTON - The health of Jeff Green continues to be the biggest talking point at Boston Celtics training camp, as the fifth-year forward has been held out of practice ever since failing a physical after coming to terms on a new contract.
Green signed a one-year deal worth $9 million with the Celtics towards the beginning of camp, but an undisclosed issue popped up that has kept him on the sidelines ever since. Green was once again held out of Thursday's practice, which was held at TD Garden for the first time this season, and C's head coach Doc Rivers discussed the matter beforehand.
"He's out," Rivers said about Green. "He hasn't passed a physical. It's tough."
Rivers hasn't received an update from the team's medical staff on Green and remains in limbo. Green's limitations have Rivers very concerned, naturally, and he has been faced with the scenario of being without Green at the season's start.
"Usually you pass your physical by now," Rivers said. "I'll give [the media] more tomorrow for sure. I've been around long enough to know that if you haven't passed your physical yet, there's something going on."
Danny Ainge, the C's general manger, also shared very little about Green's condition.
"It's all based on perspective," Ainge said when asked about Green's physical results. "I really don't want to talk about it. It's not fair for me to share Jeff's information with you right now, so we'll wait until tomorrow."
Green was traded to the Celtics at the trade deadline last season in the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Green and center Nenad Krstic. Green played in 26 games for the Celtics and started twice, averaging 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. In the 2011 playoffs, Green averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in an average of 19.2 minutes per game (the C's played in nine playoff games).
BOSTON - Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics held their first practice at TD Garden, the team's home arena, early Thursday afternoon after holding their six prior practices at Healthpoint, the team's practice facility, in Waltham, MA.
Rivers and C's general manager Danny Ainge addresses the biggest story so far at camp - the health of Jeff Green. Boston re-signed Green to a one-year deal worth $9 million, but the transaction has been held up due to a problem with Green's physical. Both Rivers and Ainge declined to comment on what the issue was, but Ainge did say the results were in.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding his health, Green was held out of practice Thursday, and at this point Ainge does not expect him to play in the team's first preseason game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle) and Paul Pierce (bruised right heel) were also held out of practice.
Rivers does not plan on playing Pierce in the first preseason game against Toronto, but he said Rondo may play if his condition improves. Boston will hold a morning practice and an open scrimmage on Friday evening at TD Garden.
Thursday marks the first time since last season and since the NBA Lockout took place that the Boston Celtics will be practicing at TD Garden, as the seventh practice of training camp will take place at the team's home arena.
The team will hold a media session at 12:00 p.m. EDT and will practice afterwards. On Friday, the team will hold an open scrimmage in the evening. Boston has been practicing at Healthpoint, the team's practice facility, in Waltham, MA.
Boston held a four-hour practice on Wednesday afternoon, marking their longest session of this year's training camp. Practice began at noon and ran until roughly 4 p.m. The team was on the court for the first two hours before taking a 45-minute break for water, stretching and watching film before resuming practice and ending with a scrimmage.
As of Wednesday's practice, the team has 17 players listed on its camp roster.
WALTHAM - Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics held their longest training camp practice yet at Healthpoint on Wednesday afternoon, with practice officially starting at noon EDT and wrapping up around 4 p.m. The team wasn't practicing for the entire period, though, as the C's took a break after the initial two-hour block for water, stretching and to watch some film.
Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce did not participate in practice, with Pierce (right heel), Rondo (right ankle sprain) and Green (unknown) all continuing to heal from their injuries. Green hasn't practiced yet, with his physical holding him up.
Boston currently has 17 players on its training camp roster. Rivers and JaJuan Johnson were the only coaches/players who stuck around to talk to the media huddle, and their interviews can be heard below.
Below are some short videos I was able to shoot of Ray Allen, JaJuan Johnson, Gilbert Brown and more all practicing at Celtics training camp on Wednesday.
WALTHAM - The Boston Celtics are at it again, taking part in their sixth practice of training camp on Wednesday afternoon at Healthpoint, the team's practice facility. Practice began at 12:00 p.m. EDT and was still going on as of 3:40 p.m.
There isn't any news to report yet from Wednesday's practice, as it has not yet been opened to the media. As of Wednesday, the Celtics have listed 17 players on their training camp roster. Here they all are.
Boston Celtics 2011-12 Training Camp Roster (As Of 12/14/11)
Centers: Jermaine O'Neal (C-F), Greg Stiemsma.
More updates coming from Celtics camp as the day and week moves ahead.
One day after sitting out practice amid medical concerns stemming from a physical examination, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green said he was unconcerned that doctors had found something troublesome in his physical.
"I'm all good," Green said during the Celtics media day on Tuesday. "People are spreading rumors, trying to assume that I'm some kind of way, but I'm fine."
Green said there was nothing to the rumors being started that he might have heart issues, but claimed to have no real knowledge what red flags had been raised during his physical.
"I have no idea. I went to the doctor and I guess they saw something, but it's nothing serious," he said.
Green added, "I didn't ask [what it was]. I was more concerned with trying to get to practice. When they said that I had to wait, I mean I'm a patient guy, and we have a long short season. So I'm not gonna rush. I've been here, I've been still doing some things and still trying to keep up. I just haven't been able to scrimmage with the team."
Green said he didn't know whether he would be able to practice on Tuesday, but said he was just waiting on an okay from team doctors.
Listen to Green's entire interview.
WALTHAM - Media has come and gone for the Boston Celtics, who hosted their annual media event at the team's practice facilities inside Healthpoint on Tuesday morning. Players and coaches took part in television and radio shoots, as well as plenty of media interviews.
While we didn't have Shaquille O'Neal to entertain us this year, there were still plenty of good moments and solid quotes from multiple players. Among the players seen speaking with the media were Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass, Keyon Dooling, Avery Bradley, JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Jeff Green and Greg Stiiemsma. Rajon Rondo, Gilbert Brown, Michael Sweetney and Jamal Sampson were all in attendance at media day, but none were seen talking to reporters.
Here are nine interviews from media day that I was able to record. Click on the links below to hear them.
Kevin Garnett - Celtics Media Day (12-13-11) (Garnett spoke softly - a little hard to hear)
Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics host their annual media day at the team's 2011-12 training camp on Tuesday morning at Healthpoint, their practice facility, in Waltham.
The event serves as a chance for local media to meet and interview the team's players and coaches. Boston's media day is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT and will last until roughly noon, with practice scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
The Celtics officially opened training camp on Friday evening, and the team has practiced daily since. The C's opened camp with six players under contract - Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Jermaine O'Neal - but invited Michael Sweetney, Jamal Sampson, Greg Stiemsma and Gilbert Brown to camp as well.
The Boston Celtics made a number of roster moves today (via WEEI.com). The team re-signed veteran shooting guard/small forward Sasha Pavlovic. Pavlovic saw very little action in 17 games with Boston last season. He only scored 1.8 points per game and pulled down 0.8 rebounds per game in 8.8 minutes per game.
Boston also agreed to terms with rookies JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore. Both rookies were not allowed to practice. Now that they are signed they cannot be traded during the next 30 days.
After the trade that sent Glenn Davis and Von Wafer to Dallas for Brandon Bass, the Celtics have 14 players under contract. Greg Stiemsma is under a partially guaranteed contract, according to a report (via WEEI.com). The contract signings are good news because Doc Rivers was unable to run a full practice until today.
WALTHAM - The Boston Celtics wrapped up their third official practice of training camp on Sunday afternoon at Healthpoint, with injuries to Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo and the lack of players in attendance stealing the spotlight.
Pierce suffered a right heel injury on Saturday and is officially day-to-day while Rondo sprained his right ankle during Sunday's practice, but neither injury appears to be serious.
"Rondo sprained his ankle in the middle of practice, thats why we had to rest in the middle of the practice and didnt have a big scrimmage," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "That's ok, were just going to keep working on it."
Rivers didn't specify how many players attended practice, but Pierce, Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal, Marquis Daniels, Chris Wilcox, Keyon Dooling, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley were all seen on the court at the end of practice. Greg Stiemsma, who the team signed on Dec. 9, was also participating in practice.
Despite being three days into training camp, Rivers said he and the team haven't truly begun.
"As far as I'm concerned, we havent started camp yet," Rivers said. "We're just doing preseason work. The good thing is is when everyone gets here we can just start all over again because you have to so everyone is running on the same pace."
"[We're] working on conditioning. No we're just breaking it down 3-on-3, 2-on-2, 1-on-1. We did a ton of 3-on-3 work, breaking our offenses down, we did a lot of pick and roll defenses with 4-on-4. We can still have a practice, we just haven't have a scrimmage yet. Three days in a row we have yet to go up and down with 5-on-5. Aas far as I'm concerned, it's three days that we've missed and counting."
Chris Wilcox spoke to the media following Sunday's practice and talked about what it's like to practice with Kevin Garnett and play with a contender. Ray Allen also spent a good amount of time talking with reporters.
More to come from C's camp as the day and week goes on. The team returns to the practice court at 2 p.m. EDT on Monday and Celtics Media Day is scheduled for Tuesday.
WALTHAM - Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics returned to the hardwood for the first time as a team since the end of the NBA Lockout on Thursday, holding the first day of training camp at their practice facilities inside Healthpoint in Waltham.
Rivers and company got started around 6 p.m. EDT despite the originally scheduled 5 p.m. start time, and the team reacclimated itself to practice, even if it wasn't at full speed.
"We didn't have much of one, really," said Rivers. "We watched some film, kind of walked through stuff. We couldn't do a lot of stuff live. That's fine. We were prepared for that."
In attendance were Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal, Avery Bradley and Marquis Daniels. While the majority of the team was in attendance, there were a few more players that couldn't make it.
"We thought we were going to get a couple other guys make it to practice, and they couldn't," Rivers said. "It's fine. At least the group is together. Guys are together and the guys that couldn't be out on the floor were at least in the building. That's what the first day was. It was a different first day of practice, I'll say that."
When asked which other players did not make it to the team's first day of practice, Rivers said that he was unsure whether or not he could divulge that information.
Rivers and the Celtics will return to practice at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
WALTHAM - The Boston Celtics wrapped up their first day of training camp since the NBA Lockout came to an end on Friday at Healthpoint, the team's practice facility.
Practice was scheduled to begin around 5 p.m. EDT, with the final 30 minutes of practice being open to the media. The usual faces were in attendance, with Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal highlighting the returning players. Avery Bradley and Marquis Daniels, who the C's signed to a one-year contract, were also there.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers along with Rondo, Pierce, Allen and Bradley all spoke to the media following their first practice. We'll have audio from the interviews, as well as plenty of updates and features, coming later Friday night and on Saturday.
The C's return to the practice court at 1 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.
WALTHAM - Practice is underway here at Healthpoint, the Boston Celtics' practice facility. The C's started their first training camp practice around 5 p.m. EDT and could practice for as long as three hours.
While not much has gone on here at Healthpoint during the day, the Celtics have been a very busy bunch over the last few days. Boston has added three new players to its roster while shipping one away. C's general manager Danny Ainge signed Marquis Daniels to a one-year deal and traded a second-round pick for Keyon Dooling.
On Friday, Ainge made waves by trading for Orlando Magic forward Brandon Bass in exchange for Glen Davis in a sign-and-trade transaction. Davis was an unrestricted free agent who had played in Boston for his entire four year career while Bass had played with three teams - the New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks and Magic - in his career.
More to come from the Celtics' first practice as the night progresses.
WALTHAM - We have out first Boston Celtics' trade of the season, as Danny Ainge has reportedly shipped off Glen Davis in a sign-and-trade transaction with the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Brandon Bass, Yahoo! Sports reports.
As of 1 p.m. EDT, there still isn't much going on here at Healthpoint, the Celtics training facility, with the first practice scheduled to start at 5 p.m. EDT. However, with this news, we now know not to look for Big Baby.
Davis and Bass are very similar players, and the two have been friends for years (wonder if this trade will hurt that relationship). Davis and Bass have almost mirror image statistics - Davis averages 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds and Bass averages 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. It will be very interesting to see how each player pans out in their new habitats.
WALTHAM - Greetings from Healthpoint, the practice facility of the Boston Celtics, as we await the first practice of Boston Celtics training camp, which begins for the C's on Friday (as well as for all of the teams around the league).
The first practice of 2011 training camp will begin at 5:00 p.m. EDT, according to the Celtics' media hotline. Practice may last anywhere from one to three hours, depending on what head coach Doc Rivers has in store. Players will be made available after the practice session.
Meanwhile, want to hear a funny story? Unsure of what time training camp officially began, I showed up here at about 9 a.m. in the morning, only to find out practice wouldn't start until the late afternoon. Thankfully Healthpoint is a first-class facility with Wi-Fi and a snack bar, otherwise this could be a long day. More updates to come.
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At long last, the NBA Lockout is over and we can finally get back to basketball, as training camps across the league - including the Boston Celtics' - open on Friday. Boston will hold its camp at HealthPoint in Waltham, MA.
The schedule for Celtics' training camp has not been officially released by the team. The NBA ratified its new CBA on Thursday night, which officially brought an end to the seemingly never ending lockout to a halt and re-opening the league for business. As of 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, teams will be able to sign free agents.
Boston opens the season with only six players under contract on the roster - Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Jermaine O'Neal and Avery Bradley - with two rookies - JaJuan Johnson and E'Tawun Moore - currently unsigned.
On Thursday, the Celtics reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former C's reserve Marquis Daniels. In addition, the C's will reportedly trade a second round pick for Milwaukee Bucks point guard Keyon Dooling, bringing their unofficial roster to 10 players (counting Johnson and Moore).
In addition to three others, undrafted rookie free agnet Gilbert Brown out of Pittsburgh has received an invite to the Boston Celtics training camp, which is currently schedule to begin on Friday in Waltham.
Brown had drawn a lot of interest from the Celtics after the 2011 NBA Draft and prior to the start of the NBA Lockout.
"I'm definitely encouraged that the Celtics were interested," Brown said back in June (via WEEI). "I was talking to them all day. They said it was the flip of a coin [between Moore and Brown] when it came time to make the pick."
Brown played in five seasons with the Pittsburgh Panthers. In his senior year in 2011, Brown averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 rebonds and 2.7 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. In the 2009-10 season, Brown averaged 10.7 points and 2.3 points in 23.7 minutes per game.
The Boston Celtics have extended three invites for their 2011-2012 training camp, which is scheduled to being on Friday afternoon. Michael Sweetney, Jamal Sampson and Greg Stiemsma have all received camp invites from the C's, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.
Sweetney, a forward, had a training camp stint with the Celtics two years ago but was cut prior to the start of the season. Sweetney is a former No. 9 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, selected by the New York Knicks. Sweetney played in New York for two seasons. In his rookie campaign, he averaged 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds but improved dramatically in his second season, averaging 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 77 games.
In 2005, Sweetney was traded to the Chicago Bulls, where he played two seasons. In the 2005-06 season, Sweetney averaged 8.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 66 games. The next season, he fell off track, averaging only 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 48 games. Sweetney, listed at 6-foot-8 and 275-pounds, has had conditioning problems in his NBA career.
Sampson, a forward-center, was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 46 overall pick in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft. Sampson played five seasons in the NBA, each with a different team, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets. In 72 games, Sampson averages 2.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Stiemsma, a 6-foot-11 center from the Wisconsin Badgers and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, has never played in the NBA. In two seasons with the Skyforce, Stiemsma averaged 8.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in 46 games.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo will surely carry the Boston Celtics in this shortened 66-game season. But beyond the Big Four, the C's lack depth. Here's a look at the team's roster as it stands prior to training camp.
The Boston Celtics' official training camp roster has not yet been released, but fans have a decent picture of what the team's roster will look like heading into this lockout-shortened 66-game season.
Training camp was originally set to begin on Friday, December 9, but that date may potentially be pushed back to Monday, December 12. As it currently stands, the Celtics have only six players under contract for the 2011-2012 season.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal will likely be the C's starting unit, barring any trades or major free agent signings (which, for the record, certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility with Danny Ainge).
The only other player under contract this season is Avery Bradley, who saw minimal playing time as a rookie last season, and wasn't particularly effective when he did play.
Even though they aren't signed, rookies JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will be signed to rookie contracts and will be on the Celtics' training camp roster. However, whether or not they can make the opening day roster is still up in the air.
Boston faces the Toronto Raptors twice in the preseason, first on Dec. 18 in Toronto and again on Dec. 21, before opening up the regular season on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Boston Celtics 2011-2012 Training Camp Roster (As Of Dec. 8)
Forwards: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, JaJuan Johnson.
Guards: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Avery Bradley, E'Twaun Moore.
Centers: Jermaine O'Neal.
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.
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