“Well we have continuity,” said Garnett. “Obviously, you’ve got to keep it continuous and stay consistent with it. But, for the most part, we’re hanging out, we’re being social. Turkey will probably amplify that, because we don’t know anybody over there. Other than that, it’s a lot of new guys and Doc’s changing up the system a little bit, so it’s a lot of new stuff, so I can’t get a read on it. Give me a couple of days and I can give you a fair assessment. But right now, we’re all trying to get this new system, we’re all trying to figure each other out.
“I will say this, though. And this is totally off the record — well, not off or on the record, but — yesterday we had a [team] dinner that we were driving to and we’ve never followed each other, none of that. Obviously, the new guys learning the city and stuff. And the way we were driving in formation, this guy getting over, letting him in, blinkers — it was all cohesive. So, I’m going to chalk that up, that’s like solid chemistry for me being able to follow you or driving or anything like that. That was some good driving continuity, so I’m going to chalk that up as some team chemistry in there somewhere, you know? It’s like gumbo. I’m throwing everything in there. I got driving, I got social, I got Turkey and Milan, so, yeah, we’ll see how this tastes at the end of the day.”
Regardless of how KG describes the chemistry building process, the Celtics have some work to do. They kicked off training camp yesterday with a three hour practice.
Doc Rivers has a plan for Jeff Green. It’s called Power 3, Uptempo 4:
“When he’s at the 3, I want him to be a power player, I want him to post more,” Rivers explained. “That’s one of the things I thought I let him down when he was with us the first time, I didn’t think we posted him enough. I thought in the Miami series, if you remember, he had a little stretch in the post.
“I don’t have a big body of work to go with on Jeff. When he’s at the 4, I want him to be the fastest player in the gym. I want him to outrun [his defender and] one of the things we have been working on the last three weeks, is throwing the ball ahead to him on the break at the 4, and tell him to attack the basket. There’s a 4 guarding you that probably doesn’t want to guard you. We want him to be uptempo 4, power 3.”
In Doc, I trust. But I want a heavy dose of Power 3, with a few sprinkles of Uptempo 4.
Props to the guys at ESPN Boston. They did a kick-ass job covering the first day of practice.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Celtics eager to bond on trip to Europe | Green heartened by his return to court | Herald – Green light for court time | JET ready to fill shoes | CSNNE – Celtics may limit Pierce’s minutes | Star Tribune – Wolves paid Darko $7 million to go away |