Media Day Predictions


Media Day Predictions

Unfortunately, I wont be at Celtics Media Day tomorrow because of an out-of-town commitment, but I still want to pass along a few preemptive thoughtspredictions.

Here we go.

Get ready for Rajon Rondo to blow your mind.

Thats my stone cold lock for tomorrows event: Rondo will emerge as the king. Hell say all the right things. Hell display a level of confidence and comfort that youve never seen. Hell crack a few jokes, flash that maniacal smirk and have the world eating out of his alien hands.

This is the preseason of Rondo, folks. And hopefully it wont stop there.

Get ready for Jason Terry to make headlines.

Something to the effect of: Terry says Cs are team to beat in the East or Celtics new addition guarantees Banner 18, or Jason Terry unveils new forehead tattoo of Red Auerbach and Larry OBrien playing ping-pong.

Get ready for Paul Pierce to talk about getting old.

Kevin Garnett would rather invite Darko to live in his guest room than even mention that three letter word old. On the other hand, Pierce has embraced it. I guess that makes sense given the Captains personality and the fact that his game has always had a significant amount of old man in it (I mean that in the most flattering way possible), but whatever the reason, expect a few Im getting too old for this or these young guys jokes from the Truth.

Get ready for KG to blind you with analogy

Something along the lines of:

You know, we got a lot of new pieces this year. And we all know that coming together won't be easy. Its like building a ship, man. I dont know if any of yall know anything about building ships. If not, you can go ask your local captains about that. But you know, we gotta start with the barracks. Thats the dirty work right there, man. That takes some time. And to be completely honest, thats all we even worried about right now. Were not even thinking about sailing at this juncture. Period point blank.

Get ready for Jeff Green to be ready to prove everyone wrong.
Whether its Spring Training, NFL Training Camp or any professional preseason, theres always a reclamation story. A guy whos looking to put the past behind him and "silence the doubters. Granted, most of the time, that guy didnt just a sign a 36M contract, but such is life for Green. Hell be Media Day's feel good story, and the best-case scenario in all subsequent coverage.

Get ready to meet Courtney Lee

Everyone in Boston was and is excited about the addition of Lee, but I doubt half the fans have ever heard him speak, can pick him out of a line-up or are even that familiar with his game. Tomorrow, Celtics Nation finally gets to know the guy they've obsessed over for months.

Get ready for the rookies to talk about KG.

Fab, have you spoken to Kevin? Jared, how's it been with Kevin? Fab and Jared, have you been locked in a dark room and interrogated by Kevin?

This isn't a knock on the media. After all, we got all the introductory sound bites we needed from these guys during Summer League. What else is there to discuss?

From now until the start of the season, it's all about life at KG University where class is always in session.

Get ready for at least one potentially four or five replacement ref jokes from Doc.
He loves the NFL. He loves topical humor. Put the two together and hes bound to drop at least one reference to the referee lockout. And assuming he gets a laugh, no doubt he goes back to the well at least a few more times.

And most of all, get ready to have basketball back in your life.

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Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

BOSTON – With all the changes the Celtics went through over the summer, seeing more rookies on the floor this season was a given.
But six?
Yes, only three games into the season and the Celtics have played more rookies than any team under fifth-year coach Brad Stevens.


And in the 102-92 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night, the Celtics (1-2) played almost as many first-year players (five) as veterans (six).
The youth movement here in Boston has been sped up a bit by the season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward, compounded by a left ankle sprain to Marcus Smart that Smart said won’t keep him out any more than Friday night in Philly.

Even if Smart is back in the Celtics lineup Tuesday night against New York, that doesn’t change the fact that Boston will continue to need rookies to step up and contribute going forward as they did on Friday.
And while there’s an old adage about experience being the greatest teacher, Boston’s youngsters are going to have to fast-forward past some of those on-the-floor growing pains for the Celtics to stay among the top teams in the East.
“Everybody talks about young players having to learn by going through experience,” said Stevens. “Why don’t we just watch film and learn? Learn from things we can control and in the interim, let’s beat the age thing. Let’s not talk about the age thing. Let’s talk about how we can be better at what we can control and how we can learn and grow every day and expedite the learning curve.
Stevens added, “because they are going to get opportunities all the way down the line, let’s not focus on trying to learn from experience; let’s focus on learning from every day and see if we can get a little bit better every day.”
The one rookie who has had no problem adjusting to the NBA game early on has been Jayson Tatum.
Selected with the third overall pick last June, Tatum has been among the NBA's most productive rookies in this first week of the season.
Tatum’s 35.3 minutes played per game is tops among all rookies. His 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds rank seventh and fourth among his first-year brethren.
Stevens loves what he has seen thus far from Tatum, but believes he’s capable of making an even greater impact sooner rather than later.
“I like him to shoot it on the catch more,” Stevens said. “Because he has tremendous touch. When he shoots it in rhythm with confidence, the ball finds the net. He’s one of those guys; he’s a natural scorer. But his ability to read the game … he’s very intelligent. It’s been more evident on the defensive end. He’s gonna pick his spots offensively now. But we want him to be aggressive and first and foremost, be a threat to shoot it every time he catches it.
Stevens added, “I guess it should feel pretty good when you’re 19 years old and your coach is begging you to shoot it.”
How quickly Tatum and the rest of Boston’s youngsters grow into the roles they will be asked to play this season can do nothing but help the Celtics adapt to what has already been a season with major changes needing to be made.
“You saw [against Philadelphia], we had Shane [Larkin], we had Guerschon [Yabusele], we had guys coming in that played the game at a high level and we need them to contribute,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving. “For me to see that and witness that, it makes me nothing but proud and happy to have teammates that are ready to play. It’s not always going to look perfect because we’re still gaining knowledge about one another. But as long as we’re out there competing, having each other’s backs, that’s all that matters.”

Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan


Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan

BOSTON – As expected, the NBA has fined Celtics guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for using “inappropriate language” toward a fan at the Friday night game in Philadelphia.
The incident occurred at halftime as Irving and his teammates were heading to the locker room, trailing by four. Boston went on to win 102-92 for their first victory of the season.
A fan yelled, “Hey, where’s LeBron?” to which Irving replied with a lewd suggestion to the yeller.
The Celtics practiced on Saturday with Irving addressing the incident.

When asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Irving replied, “Hell no. Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
When asked about the incident on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not seen the video but was aware of it.
“People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on,” Stevens said. “There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”

It was the second such fine levied by the league in as many days. 

New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 for "inappropriate language" toward a fan when the Pelicans lost 103-91 at Memphis on Wednesday.