Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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 The start of training camp is just 18 days away now and players are filtering into Boston and we'll see more and more news coming out about players' activity as the season nears.    With the Captain and KG in Brooklyn this season, there is a need for new leaders to step up.   We are seeing evidence that there will be players stepping up this season to fill the leadership void. The most obvious leader is Rajon Rondo.  As the Celtic who has been here the longest and an All Star,  the mantle of leadership has been passed down from KG and Pierce to Rondo.  The question is, has he matured enough to accept that mantle and make it work for him.   Reports out of Boston from Brad Stevens and Phil Pressey indicate that he's at least willing to take on that leadership role.  As with KG and Paul Pierce before him, he's leading by example with his work ethic.  Brad Stevens feels that his work ethic will be contagious: "Rondo was here last week, the whole week, and was great," said Stevens. "I spent a lot of time with him on the court. He's obviously limited in what he can do on the court, but he's a worker. That's the one thing that was very noticeable, is his work ethic is very good. It impacts the other guys in the gym. We spent a lot of time together and he was great." KG was known to mentor the young guys and take them under his wing, helping them out by showing them moves and pointing out their mistakes to help them improve. Phil Pressey spoke about Rondo's leadership as a mentor: "He was here for a short stint, a couple days," said Pressey. "Even then, he was in my ear telling me what to do. Every little thing that I was doing wrong, he kind of corrected it, so it helped me out." Leadership may also come from an unexpected source as well. More from Pressey: "A lot of (leaders)," Pressey said before getting specific. "Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, they've been there almost every single day. They've been helping out a lot. They've been in the league for 10-plus years, so I listen to everything they say." I have to admit, I'm not a Kris Humphries fan, but I like what I'm reading about his approach to this season. Humphries' focus this summer was to go above and beyond his usual workout routine, working out with players such as Blake Griffin, David Lee, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan, Metta World Peace, Darren Collison, Matt Barnes and other NBA players out in LA. But Humphries' desire to get better didn't stop with playing against top NBA talent. He worked out with one of the most experienced NBA player development coaches, Phil Weber, who has . Weber slightly adjusted a hitch in Humphries' shot to help him improve on his less than stellar field goal percentage. And according to Weber, Humphries has put in the work this off season. "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." Humphries has already moved into an apartment in Boston and is looking to continue his workouts in Boston to prepare for the season. Humhries is working hard to have a good season and his goal is to remain in Boston for 3 or 4 years and be part of the rebuild. "I'm not looking to be a part of a tanking situation. I know that 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." And, it starts with the veterans being leaders on the team, which Kris Humphries is already doing. Keith Bogans has also been around through the summer, working with the younger players. Bogans has a reputation as a team player and a good locker room guy. He can also add veteran leadership and a steading voice to the younger players. Speaking of younger players, Jordan Crawford also sees himself as a leader: #Celtics guard Jordan Crawford said in his 4th year in NBA he feels teammates are starting to look to him as a "leader" on the team. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) September 13, 2013 Judging by Crawford's immature behavior throughout his career so far, including last season, we can only hope that he is kidding. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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