Found August 04, 2013 on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.:
PLAYERS: Fab Melo
TEAMS: Boston Celtics
As I contemplate the Green silence (and if you think the Celtics’ traffic drops off, the rest of the league is a wasteland), it occurs to me that the NFL fans are digesting reports of OTA’s (offseason team activities I believe) in the months leading up to their training camps.  Which beggars the question, why no OTA’s for NBA teams?  Well for one thing, I think they are forbidden by the CBA.  I haven’t been able to find a link but you do find statements referring to the start of training camp allowing team practices.   There are always injuries incurred during individual workouts in the offseason.  Would this be better or worse if more of those workouts were under the supervision of team coaches and trainers?  I don’t think there is an answer to that question, but I am certain that teams would prefer that their fledgling centers weren’t jacking up shots from midcourt or 30-foot three-pointers (and anyone who has watched youngsters on an unsupervised court knows the fondness bigs have for long range and shorts have for circus moves around the basket.) One could argue that NBA Summer Leagues serve as organized offseason workouts, but that usually involves two or three players that will actually be on the team the next season.  It really is more of a giant tryout exercise. There are always the gym-rat games across the country—some well known and organized, others more obscure and random.  The fact that these may involve players not making millions for their professional application of skills has to be a nightmare for team officials.  In these pickup games there is no control over wanna-be’s whose egos far exceed both their talent and restraint.   Perhaps the best argument for prohibiting team practices in the offseason is the length of the NBA season.  Many teams play from October through June and basketball is a very demanding sport physically.  Healing time is critical.  Non-destructive rebuilding of the physical plant is an absolute necessity to be effective (and survive) the next season.   The problem is that the players most likely to employ productive offseason training on-their-on, are not those that need them most.  Some of us, I suspect, worry that Fab Melo’s offseason regimen involves far too many pizza box openings and too few cardio exercises and post move development.  Certainly it would be highly beneficial if Faverani got weekly organized workouts within the Celtics’ schemes.  All the Brooklyn imports would be well served by those same weekly sessions.  Pressey needs to hit the ground running (and not running blindly) and would similarly benefit. On the other hand Olynyk needs rest and a slowly increasing workload if his planter fasciitis is not to impact his rookie year.  Sullinger need strengthening exercise and non-impact cardio (pool anyone) far more than team practices.  Rondo, also, should be in the training room and not on the court this summer.  Even those rehabbing would likely benefit from walk-throughs. Perhaps a reasonable medium would be July off, bi-weekly team workouts in August and weekly team workouts in September.  It is not likely that this will ever happen, but it would be productive.  Besides, it would give us fan(atics) something over which to obsess during these empty months. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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