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1-on-1 with coach Brad Stevens

1-on-1 with coach Brad Stevens

I had a quick opportunity to catch up with new Celtics head coach 1-on-1.  He’s a busy guy, but he was nice enough to carve out 5 minutes to talk to me about a few things like his first exposure to the NBA game as head coach, Rajon Rondo, Kelly Olynyk, and the one play [...]

July 10, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Brad Stevens, Summer League 5

Colton Iverson seems to enjoy dishing punishment

Colton Iverson seems to enjoy dishing punishment

“Fair to say you like contact?” Yeah, definitely. How do you feel after games?  Are you sore or anything? No.  I feel great.  I could go play again right now if I wanted to. That exchange between reporters and Colton Iverson after the Celtics’ win over the Pacers at the Orlando Summer Pro League pretty [...]

July 10, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Summer League 11

The college-to-NBA adjustment isn’t just an on-court thing

The college-to-NBA adjustment isn’t just an on-court thing

You’ve heard the story by now.  Six months ago, Kelly Olynyk, Colton Iverson, and Phil Pressey were walking college campuses and playing against a lot of guys whose basketball careers ended before final exams.  Now, they’re wearing “Boston” on their chests, and starting to play against bigger, faster, stronger competition. It’s an adjustment.  One that [...]

July 9, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Colton Iverson, Kelly Olynyk, Summer League 5

The Legend of Kelly Olynyk grows in Orlando

The Legend of Kelly Olynyk grows in Orlando

It’s been said that from Kelly Olynyk’s flowing, golden locks comes an aura that can heal the sick. Actually, I’m the only one who said that, but what’s another wildly ridiculous overreaction to the “O’Klynyk” he’s been putting on here in Orlando.  And while we’re all having fun with the hyperbole while watching Olynyk’s play against [...]

July 9, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Kelly Olynyk, Summer League 11

C’s Summer League 2013: Kelly Olynyk Highlights vs DET

C’s Summer League 2013: Kelly Olynyk Highlights vs DET

Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk had his second straight impressive game in the Orlando Summer League with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.  He even dove into the stands trying to save a loose ball and got T’d up at one point.  Check the video below for his highlights vs the Pistons. [...]

July 9, 2013 Jay Kelly Olynyk, Summer League, Videos 5

Fab Melo taking charges: “GIMMIE THAAAAT!!!”

Fab Melo taking charges: “GIMMIE THAAAAT!!!”

So Fab Melo is an ongoing project for the Celtics and so far in two summer league games he’s proven that he is still just that – a project.  But one thing that he has already developed into a pro form is his catch-phrase for when he takes charges.  During today’s complete thrashing against the [...]

July 8, 2013 Jay Fab Melo, Summer League, Videos 9

Pressey making push to make C’s roster

Pressey making push to make C’s roster

It didn’t take long for Brad Stevens to text Phil Pressey when he got Celtics head coaching job.  It took even less time for Pressey to call back. “Right when I got the job I sent a text message out that night,” said Stevens.  “He called me within about a minute after I sent the [...]

July 8, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Summer League 11

The Fab Melo challenge facing the Celtics

The Fab Melo challenge facing the Celtics

The Celtics face a bit of a challenge with Fab Melo this season. The second year center is still not ready to be a contributor at the NBA level.  His movements on the floor were often slow yesterday, especially laterally.  He had trouble catching the ball.  And while it wasn’t all bad for Melo yesterday, [...]

July 8, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Fab Melo, Summer League 23

Your Morning Dump… Where it’s Summer League for Brad Stevens too

Your Morning Dump… Where it’s Summer League for Brad Stevens too

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. “A lot coaches are down here evaluating the players and I’m down here getting a feel for not only the players, but also the game, the discussion [...]

July 8, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Brad Stevens, Summer League, The Morning Dump 10

“Coach” Sullinger will have none of your tanking talk

“Coach” Sullinger will have none of your tanking talk

21-year-old Jared Sullinger’s NBA career has spanned 45 games.  He is, on a team that will already be young, one of its youngest players. But Sullinger doesn’t carry himself like some kid.  Here in Orlando, he’s setting up shop on the Celtics’ bench, and playing the role of mentor to guys like Kelly Olynyk, who [...]

July 7, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Jared Sullinger, Summer League 6