So the first practice is out of the way and what we should be doing now is practicing restraint, knowing this is just day one of more than 200. We should be considering thing that happen now to be neither too great nor (short of injury) too devastating.
That ‘s what we should be doing.
What we are doing, however, is giddily overreacting to things.
Made it through first day of practice We r gonna b scary good
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) September 29, 2012
Tee hee hee…
Oh wait… there’s more?
“Rondo looked great today,” said Pierce. “He’s pushing the ball. He looks strong. He’s knocking down his shot. He’s TAKING his shot. But that’s what we want from him, and that’s what we’re going to expect from him.
“You know, he’s our leader. We’re going to look for him to do a lot of good things for us.”
Ok, ok, ok…
I’m relaxing. This all nice, but this is just day one. Still, the Celtics are already benefiting from their early season chemistry building workouts by jumping right into things and executing right away. Without the need for introductions and the “I like to go here” or “I prefer to catch the ball in this spot” nuances needing to be worked out, the team could get to work on the technical aspects of their offense and defense.
The other great thing… everyone’s healthy and in shape right now. That stands in stark contrast to last season, where the sudden end to the lockout caught Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce by surprise, forcing them to use the first months of the regular season as a sort of extended pre-season.
All the words from day 1 are encouraging. Go check out ESPN Boston for a quick video from the practice in which Courtney Lee blocks a Jason Terry shot attempt off an inbounds play.