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As if Doc Rivers didn't already have his hands full with team chemistry, the combustable Delonte West has been thrown into the mix.
"Chemistry is a delicate thing. I understand that, and I'm as cautious as anyone with it. I guarantee you, I'll be keeping my eye on it,'' Rivers told FanHouse Wednesday evening, confirming the Celtics' addition of West earlier in the day. "I don't know yet if we can make it work. It is going to be interesting, that's for sure.''
"It's not going to be an easy sell, maybe my toughest sell, but I do think we can get it done,'' he said. "If your goal is anything other than winning a championship, you're going to have a problem with chemistry.''
"We've gotten a couple guys who have had some problems. Nate has had problems, Shaq has had some problems, Delonte, too,'' Rivers said. "But I think we're getting them at the right time. They're not coming to be stars. They are coming to be role players trying to help us win a championship. They'll make a difference.''
Delonte will do whatever is asked of him. His issues have always been off the court. If he can keep himself mentally healthy, he will be a fabulous addition to the Celtics bench.
Doubters continue to raise the issue of chemistry with the Celtics. I'm pretty confident it will not be a problem. Why? Because all of the Celtics "problem" guys – are coming off the bench. They are small contract role players and know it. It's not like the Celtics added a cry-baby superstar who needs to adjust his ego to accept a reduced role or completely revamped their roster and have 10 guys who need to learn to play together. That's Miami's problem.
The rest of the links:
Globe – West returns | Herald – Celtics bring back Delonte | CSNNE – Ainge feels Delonte is in better place | ESPN Boston – West to get another chance | WEEI – 5 things to know about Delonte's return |