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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, it wasn’t great, either.
So it would seem that another trip to Maine might be in Melo’s future. They call it the developmental league for a reason, and Fab needs time to develop.
But there’s a problem with that course of action. When asked what he saw his role would be this year, he gave a telling answer.
“Being part of the team. I just want to be part of the team.”
The follow-up question was “did it feel like you weren’t part of the team last year?”
“No, it didn’t.”
So this is the Celtics’ problem:
How do the Celtics balance the need for Melo to get the repetitions he needs to learn the game of basketball without sapping him mentally, and undoing whatever it is he’s learn
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After 2 strong summer-league performances for the Celtics, Kelly Olynyk has officially signed with the team. To be honest, these rookies almost always sign, but it's good to see that both sides came to a quick agreement and avoided a J.D. Drew or Royce White type fiasco.
Taken with Boston's 13th pick, Olynyk is a 7 footer with good mobility, nice skills, and a great shooting...
Yes, it’s summer league, which is the caveat that should just be understood as we get into any of these pieces. But Kelly Olynyk looked pretty good in his first game with “Boston” on his chest. After nearly 27 minutes of play, the scouting report on him looked pretty accurate.
He poured in a game-high 25 points in Boston’s 95-88 loss to the host Orlando Magic. He only...
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.
Summer league is always interesting. You have first round picks making their team debuts, assistant coaches playing the role of head coaches, dozens of players leaving it all on the floor as they fight for a job, and T-shirt jerseys.
Maximum effort collides head on with marginal talent, and the results are normally strugglefests. With all that in mind, today's summer league...
Olynyk on day one: 25pts, 7 boards on 9/12 FG.
Celtics rookies Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson brought out some nice kicks today, as did camp invite Phil Pressey. All three members of the C’s NBA Summer League team rolled with Nike today: Olynyk rocked the Kobe VII “World Basketball Festival” again, Iverson wore the Nike Hyperdisruptor & Pressey had on my personal fave...
According to the New York Post, Carmelo Anthony wanted Rajon Rondo as a teammate (via Slam Online):
Anthony told friends after the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade to the Nets, he figured the Knicks would make a play for point guard for Rajon Rondo. Anthony believes Rondo would be the perfect piece and would be super motivated in New York to attempt to knock off Garnett and Pierce...
The Boston Celtics have signed 7-footer Kelly Olynyk, their first-round draft choice.
The Celtics traded up in last month's draft to pick Olynyk with the 13th overall selection.
Olynyk made his summer league debut on Sunday and scored 25 points in the Celtics' 95-88 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sent the No. 16 pick and two future second...
With a 36-year-old coach and two fewer Hall of Famers than they had at the start of the summer, the Celtics are in full-fledged rebuilding mode. It’s no secret that winning is not the main concern on Causeway Street, where Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is focused on stockpiling draft picks and expiring contracts to revamp the roster in the near future....
Hoopsworld’s Yannis Koutroupis caught-up with Celtics forward Jared Sullinger after today’s 95-88 loss to Orlando in Summer League play. Sullinger is not participating, but is with team in O-Town. He told Kennedy that Boston’s doubters may be in for a surprise this year, and that “Celtic pride” is still alive and well:
“You got to understand, with you being a Celtic you...
By now you have been hit over the head with the fact that I’m here in Orlando for the Celtics Summer League. Tonight at 8, Jon Duke (from CLS headquarters, deep under the sea off the coast of an undisclosed location in Maine) and I will talk a little bit about what I’ve seen in one day here, as well as how gosh-darn excited we are for the Brad Stevens era.
Call us up at (718...
11:41: That's one point for the Celtics as they win this first quarter of this first game over the Magic, 26-22. It's been a game of runs so far, but in the end the Celtics have played slightly better. Kelly Olynyk has been great so far, leading the C's with 9 points. After him is Mitchell with 4. After him is Jayson Granger with 3.
at Boston Celtics (1-1) at Indiana Pacers (1-1) Tuesday, July 9, 201311:00 AM ET NBA-TV The
Celtics continue their Summer League play taking on the Indiana Pacers.
Both teams are 1-1 with the Celtics beating the Pistons and losing to
the Magic while the Pacers beat the Sixers and lost to Thunder on
opening day. Players to watch on the Celtics include Kelly
Olynyk, Phil Pressey...
Photo credit: Chris Forsberg / ESPN Boston The Boston Celtics drop their first game of the Summer League in Orlando after losing 95-88 against the Orlando Magic. After a fortnight involving a unseemly coaching departure, the hiring of a new young coach, and saying goodbye to two of the most prominent players in the history of the franchise, Sunday afternoon gave the Boston Celtics...
In the midst of the Celtics trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets, Marc Berman of The New York Post is reporting that a certain Knicks player was hoping Rajon Rondo would be in play as well.
Berman is reporting that Carmelo Anthony told friends and associates that he thought the Knicks would target Rondo after trading off their other two huge pieces.