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The new members of the staff - Mike Longabardi and Jamie Young - met with returnees Kevin Eastman and Armond Hill, along with head coach Doc Rivers for several hours earlier this month, and they plan to continue getting together until the lockout ends. The Celtics are not going to rest, according to Rivers, who said he is enjoying his time off but itching to return.
“We work on our stuff, we work on our team,’’ Rivers said. “We talk about the things we did well, the things we didn’t do well last year, what we need to do this year to not lose to Miami. As a staff, you just work and get ready, and that’s all you can do.’’
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has not organized a workout of his teammates but said he will look into it in the near future. Kevin Garnett was asked the same question a few weeks ago and said he would have to reach out to his teammates to gauge an appropriate time and place. Garnett and Paul Pierce have spent most of their time in California, while Rondo is in Kentucky. Ray Allen has spent time in Boston and at his alma mater, UConn. Jermaine O’Neal lives in Las Vegas. Avery Bradley is playing in Israel, and Jeff Green is in Washington.
My headline is more an observation than an indictment on the players work ethic. Except for Glen Davis, I don't have concerns about anyone's fitness level. What would this group gain from a few workouts? Not much. Rondo, KG, Ray and Paul have expert knowledge of the system. Although Jeff Green should be training with Garnett as much as possible.
It's not like the coaches are burning the midnight oil. What can they really gain meeting several hours a month? There is too much uncertainty with the roster.
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