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A few random thoughts from yesterday's media coverage of the first day of training camp. First, Brad Stevens' system is finally getting a bit clearer. From MetroWest Daily News:
During Monday’s media day, he revealed that he wants to be a defensive-first team that pushes the ball up-tempo off the turnover or rebound. He said he wants ball movement, floor spacing, and doesn’t think this team can be successful pounding down the shot clock in isolation even when All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo returns from his torn anterior cruciate ligament surgery sometime early in the season.
I like that! Defense first and run! Woohoo!! This is going to be fun. It appears that Jeff Green likes it too.
"It’s very fitting to the players that we have," said Jeff Green, who is expecting to play shooting guard, small forward and power forward in different lineups this season. "We have guys who can get up and down, guys who can play multiple positions. We have guys who can get off the backboard and push it, and guys who can shoot the 3. So I think it’s going to be good what Brad is putting in for our players. I think it’s going to work out well."
Avery Bradley played the point in practice and it appears that he will be the default point guard with Rondo still not able to go.
"I played all point guard today. It was new, but like I said, Coach Stevens makes you feel comfortable. The plays that I run, it’s kind of like I play point guard, but everybody makes plays for each other. It makes you feel comfortable. ... It’s a different system. You can bring the ball up or the 2-guard can bring the ball up. It’s like everybody is interchangeable."
Hopefully this means that we won't see the point guard bring the ball up and predictably hold the ball until everyone gets in their places to receive the assist. But, even with Bradley running the point, that doesn't mean that Rondo was absent in practice. Stevens will run a non-contact session in the mornings and Rondo can participate fully in those. But he sits out the afternoon scrimmage sessions since he isn't cleared for contact as yet.
But, even when he’s not participating in drills. Rondo is using his coaching skills to help the team. He can't scrimmage yet, but he was in the huddles and communicating with his teammates from the sidelines. He also led the stretching at the end. Jared Sullinger, for one, appreciates Rondo, the Coach.
“He was the eyes for this team for many years,” said Sullinger. “He’s still the eyes (of this team). He sees what we don’t see, and he’s constantly talking to us. He’s not playing, but he’s still coaching for us. So he’s a big-time help. He’s just saying what he sees as far as screening angles, what type of options you have,” Sullinger explained. “He’s always in the guards’ ears telling them what to do. I think, as a player of his caliber and his IQ, he really helps everyone else develop even if he’s not playing.”
Jared Sullinger got a lot of attention for his comments about not being close on media day but he clarified those comments, stating that mentally and physically, he is 100% healed and ready to play, but his conditioning isn't yet where he wants it. His coach was happy with with his first day, though. From ESPN Boston:
"Jared’s come a long way from the first time I saw him work out, which was in early August after he was cleared to do full-contact drills, and just in a 1-on-1 setting," Stevens said. "He’s really come a long way with his conditioning. And he’ll just continue to get better and better. He had one of those deals where, according to what I’ve heard, he had to sit out for quite a while as he recovered from his surgery. I'm pleasantly surprised at his motor today because I thought it was really good."
I mentioned yesterday that versatility was one of the key words heard at media day.
True to his word that he would explore putting Jeff Green at three positions, Stevens ran Green at the shooting guard spot on the first day of camp. That makes for a rapidly growing playbook for Green, who is no stranger to learning multiple spots. "It’s still floating. I think it’s floating between, now, the 2, 3 [and] 4. But I like it," Green said. "I think it’s a great challenge for myself to be able to play multiple positions. I’m going to enjoy it because it’s rare for people to get the opportunity to play multiple positions."
And, I saw a report that Coach Stevens is talking about Gerald Wallace playing center in some small lineups. I have a feeling that the Celtics will be matchup nightmares for some teams as they throw those different lineups out there. This is going to be fun!!!!
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