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Daniel Theis on track to be ready for training camp

Daniel Theis on track to be ready for training camp

BOSTON – As the Boston Celtics players trickle back into town for pick-up games at their new fancy-smancy practice facility, Daniel Theis loves what he’s seen from the guys except for one thing – himself in the role of spectator.

That’ll change soon with Theis on track to be ready for the start of training camp later this month.

The 6-foot-9 Theis suffered a torn meniscus injury to his left knee in March, cutting short what had been a promising rookie season.

But these days, the end of the recovery road is well within sight for the 26-year-old.

Earlier this week, Theis said he began doing 1-on-1 work which was physically challenging but left him with a “good tired” feeling afterwards.

He plans to rest this weekend and hopefully get started with some 5-on-5 work next week so he’ll be ready to start training camp on September 25.

“That’s my goal,” Theis said. “To be back 100 percent for training camp.”

And the Celtics can certainly use Theis, who emerged as a key contributor off the bench last season.

Appearing in 63 games, Theis averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game before suffering his season-ending knee injury. His ability on the glass was particularly important to Boston, which for years ranked among the NBA’s worst when it came to boards. But this past season, Boston was 14th in the NBA in rebounding percentage (.503) – the highest ranking under Brad Stevens, who is heading into his sixth season.

Among players to appear in at least half of the games played by Boston last season, Theis led the team in offensive rebound percentage (.105), defensive rebound percentage (.217) and overall rebound percentage (.160) which speaks to how he got the most out of the 14.8 minutes per game he played in terms of rebounding the basketball.

And considering most of the players from last season’s team are back, Theis’ mindset going into this season is clear.

“Play for a championship,” he said.

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Celtics second round pick Tremont Waters wants to emulate Isaiah Thomas

Celtics second round pick Tremont Waters wants to emulate Isaiah Thomas

Like former Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, Tremont Waters is here to prove the skeptics wrong.

Boston selected the LSU guard in the second round with the 51st pick, but Waters believes he's as talented as the first rounders, he said at Monday's introductory press conference. He also mentioned another second round pick to play to the Boston crowd: Isaiah Thomas. 

"(Thomas) was a smaller guard that came into the league with probably a lot of doubters. And he just showed that as long as he remains himself and plays basketball and has the heart he had, it's going to take care of itself." 

Later in the day, Waters told Amanda Pflugrad of Celtics.com that Thomas is one of his role models. At 5-foot-11, Waters has some height on Thomas, but is still undersized compared to NBA point guards. 

In two seasons at LSU, Waters averaged 15.6 points per game. Last year, he was an SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-SEC First Team member and Bob Cousy Award Finalist. He led the conference in both assists and steals per game.

Depending on whether or not the Celtics bring back Terry Rozier and Brad Wanamaker, Waters will have to dazzle in summer league for even a chance to compete for a position in Boston's crowded backcourt. The Celtics also drafted guards Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards ahead of Waters. 

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Paul Pierce throws shade at ESPN cohost Jalen Rose on Twitter

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Paul Pierce throws shade at ESPN cohost Jalen Rose on Twitter

Paul Pierce's legendary 19-year NBA career has put him in the top-20 in all-time points scored, threes made and minutes played. He'll always reside on lists next to the names of the very best basketball players ever.

But there's one list he'll always get left off of: John Stockton, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Reggie Miller.

Those are some of the many great NBA players who, unlike Pierce, never won a championship. Pierce feels sympathy for this group, which includes NBA Countdown cohost Jalen Rose. 

Of course, Rose's trophy case isn't necessarily empty, just lacking the big one. Rose played 16 seasons himself and earned a spot on the All-Rookie second team as well as the 1999-00 Most Improved Player award.

Pierce, on the other hand, has a Larry O'Brien trophy and a Finals MVP award on his mantel thanks to Boston's 2008 title run. Pierce's tweet was likely nothing more than a lighthearted jab at a friend he developed great on-air chemistry with on NBA Countdown this year. 

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