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Your Morning Dump… Where Kris Humphries has surfaced

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

 

Overall, Humphries’ focus this summer was to go above and beyond his usual workout routine, especially after his inconsistent season in Brooklyn and finding out he’d have a fresh start in Boston. Teaming up with Rajon Rondo also piqued his interest.

“I didn’t know if I was going to end up staying [in Brooklyn] or not, or what the deal was,” he said. “It was a little bit of a surprise, but at the same time, you get a chance to play with a guy like Rondo, who won a championship and has been an All-Star and done all those things. I’m excited because he’s a guy that plays at a high pace the whole game. He’s a great passer, whether it’s in transition or the half-court. I’m hoping that he gets back as soon as possible.

“I talked to coach [Brad] Stevens a lot about playing at an up-tempo pace — get out there and run. So I’m prepared to do that. I think that will be great for everyone. We have a lot of younger guys, so I think to play at an up-tempo pace will give us a chance to compete every night.”

ESPN Boston – New Boston Celtic Kris Humphries spent the summer raising his game

We didn’t touch on this when the story was released on Friday afternoon, but there are a handful of tidbits here that raise an eyebrow.  The first of which is the above quote from Humphries and his excitement towards playing with Rondo.  Apparently brawling with Rondo did nothing to damage his opinion or eagerness towards playing with him.  But that wasn’t the only part of that piece that stuck out.  Here are a few more nuggets:

During their very first session together in early August — Weber is based in L.A. and has worked with Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce in the past — Humphries noticed the difference. He then made the commitment to put in work five days a week, starting at 8:30 a.m. and going for two hours.

“Kris had about as hard a working month as I’ve ever seen. He’s in unbelievable shape,” Weber said. “He just worked, worked, worked, and the last workout before he went back to Minnesota — after about five weeks of hard work — he made 15 in a row from the elbow and 10 in a row from the corner 3. Kris is transforming his game, and his belief level is starting to soar. He was playing really well over in Clipperland. I went and saw him play one day and he looked great.”

Weber was especially impressed with Humphries’ new step-back jumper, which will be a key weapon when he faces opposing power forwards and centers.

“For a big 5 to guard him, he can blow by him with one dribble because of his quickness,” Weber said. “So if he has a step-back? Thinking of his game and the evolution of him, it was a necessity because he’s got the quickness and now he can make an elbow jumper at a higher percentage. Once you can make that consistent elbow jump shot and you have quickness on your opponent, you become almost unguardable or you’ve just become really beneficial to a team.”

Weber, as in Phil Weber, has been an assistant coach under Mike D’Antoni with the Suns and Knicks (if you didn’t read “Seven Seconds or Less” he is in the book quite a bit).  Anyway, after reading this you’d think ‘wow, well hey we just found our 4/5 for the next 5 years!’  Then you think: ‘Oh wait, he’s in a contract year, that’s right.’  Oh, and about that contract year:

Humphries’ dedication to his development even showed his past weekend when he arrived in Boston, already moving into an apartment.

“This is the earliest he’s ever reported to camp, so he’s going to have about three good weeks of work before training camp starts,” Ketroser said. “He wants to get acclimated, he wants to get to know everyone, he wants to really prove to everyone, ‘Look, I’m here, I’m devoted, I’m ready to rock and roll.’ That’s where his head’s at. He’s looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston, and be part of them turning around.”

Humphries envisions a brighter future for himself in Boston, starting with the support of new coach Stevens, who called him regularly this summer to check on him and offer motivation. (Interestingly, Humphries’ third cousin, Brian Ligon, played for Stevens at Butler.) In Brooklyn, Humphries went from starting to seeing inconsistent minutes to being brought up in trade talks. While he struggled a bit offensively with the Nets — his rebounding was still strong at 11.0 per 36 minutes — Ketroser said Humphries was disappointed about his role there.

Wow, I never thought I’d actually share something in common with Humphires.  No, I’ve had no relationship with a Kardashian and I don’t have a third cousin that played for Brad Stevens.  I too, however, would love to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics.  All kidding aside, this is all great stuff to read about Humphries and I’m probably in the minority in that I actually expect him to have a solid bounce-back year because the guy can actually play, but he just got buried in Brooklyn.  He’ll likely get plenty of time early in the season to be showcased for a trade because I just don’t see the C’s over-spending on him after this season regardless of how good he turns out.  Humphries would have been a perfect addition to this team throughout the entire KG/P/Ray/Doc contending era, but not so much for a rebuilding team.  The Celtics won’t be tanking and Humphries shares in that line of thinking:

Even though they’re not in the top-five team conversation in the Eastern Conference — that would include the Heat, Bulls, Pacers, Nets and Knicks — Humphries and management are prepared to make some noise.

“Last year was a tough situation, up and down. For whatever reason, sometimes things just don’t work out,” Humphries said. “No real fingers to point; I’m just in a different situation now. I’m motivated and I’m looking to make the most out of it. It’s funny, of all the places I would end up, I never thought I would play in Boston, but just from being around those guys, it should be exciting. We’re out to try to prove that we’re a team that can compete every night, and whenever people sort of write you off, it’s a lot of motivation.

“I’m not looking to be a part of a tanking situation. I know that [president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge has said that they’re not looking to tank, and I’m sure Brad Stevens coming in is definitely not looking to do that. So it’s just about competing and bringing it every night. We’re going to have to figure out ways to win and continue to get better, and it starts with camp.”

This story is just an amazing 180 compared to what he seemed like during his introductory press conference a few months ago.  That’s good for Humphries and the team because if he plays well it will only help both parties involved.  It makes sense to read this type of glowing story from a guy in his contract year.  One of the guys he was traded with here however, Gerald Wallace, has yet to be heard from.  Strange, or maybe not since he’s still sitting on a nice $30 million.  Maybe we’ll hear soon about how much he’s ready to rejuvenate his career.  Or, just check out the rest of the links to see one piece that was written describing that.

The rest of the links:

Celtics.com – Five reasons why Wallace will rebound | Boston Globe (Sunday Notes) – Departure from Seattle a bad memory for new Hall of Famer Gary Payton

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  • Raoul

    “I’m probably in the minority in that I actually expect him to have a solid bounce-back year because the guy can actually play, but he just got buried in Brooklyn.”

    The majority of basketball fans, when removing any bias, knows this. As for the press conference, I was on here ripping most of you for over-exaggerating about his look of disinterest. Humph has my vote. He’ll give it his all.

  • Jarrett Reese

    After reading the article on ESPN I now hope that kris gets quality minutes. I never really disliked the guy, it’s like KG. Hate the guy when he’s on the opposing team but when he’s on your team you love the guy. I like his work ethic and clearly he knows this season is big for him because it’s the last year of his contract. Walking double double next year if he gets the minutes. along with sully. Say bye to being known as the worst rebounding team(fingers crossed)

    • Raoul

      I’ve been saying this. I always got stoned on here for saying us disliking Humph is like disliking KG, when they were claiming they don’t like Humph dirty play and arrogance. Pfft.

  • Celticsfanatic

    Is it just me or does it not matter what these guys say about the team? They not only want to have improved seasons to boost their trade value, but they need to appear to have a positive clubhouse impact on the team if they want to have a chance at jumping ship in February. Forgive me for being pessimistic, I just can’t see Humphries being excited about coming from Brooklyn — now a contender, where he would have gotten quite a bit of playing time — to Boston — potentially a laugher, where his position is logjammed.

    • imshak

      He got all of 18mins last season, with the moves they made, had he stayed he would probably be getting even less! Now he has a chance to actually play. I think the only knock is probably that he wont be contending for the chip. Not only can he get more minutes here, he will be out of the spotlight that is Brooklyn… none of the fans at the Celtics games are going to care much about his past, they tend to like people who seem to give their all out there (that goes for MOST Celtics fans)! He can now just concentrate on basketball. There is no one except Bass, who right off the bat you can argue deserves more PT than Hump based on past play @PF and C… other than that, the only way he doesn’t see time is b/c of poor play or b/c we let the young guys play more while living with mistakes.

    • Jason Whetzell

      He will be the only person that can guard 5s. Unless the brazilian guy works out.

  • KGino

    Good for him, dong what all NBA players should do every year…

    • eddysamson

      dong lol, you may want to edit that

      • KGino

        haha we all miss a button on our phones every now and then

        • Curt Hays

          “haha we all miss a butt on our phones every now and then”
          FTFY

          • Jason Anderson

            ^how old are you?

          • Curt Hays

            Haha, probably too old to make butt jokes and still think they’re funny.

  • eddysamson

    I’ve always liked Kris even before his Kardashian thing. Obviously, hes going to be pumped to play with a player like Rondo, regardless of their past. After reading this, I am actually pretty psyched for this season. Are we thinking Kris plays the 5 this season with Vitor for us?

    4: Bass, Sully, Olynyk
    5: Humph, Vitor

  • MrCuret

    He’s looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston.”… Damn! It seems like the green Kool-Aid works fast huh!