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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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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

Since the NBA's suspended season has given Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant months to recover from their respective injuries, some believed they could return and make the Brooklyn Nets title contenders.

That theory was put to rest on Friday.

Durant confirmed to ESPN's Marc J. Spears he will not be returning to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Fla. next month. As for Irving, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the former Boston Celtics guard suggested on Friday's NBPA conference call it's possible he could join the team... as an inactive player.


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Durant missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after rupturing his Achilles tendon in last year's NBA Finals. Irving underwent surgery in March to repair an impingement in his right shoulder that ended his first season with the Nets after only 20 games.

Brooklyn currently holds the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 30-34 record on the season.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

On Thursday, the NBA announced a 22-team plan to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla.

The plan passed by an overwhelming 29-1 vote among teams, with the Portland Trail Blazers as the only organization to vote against it. Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, obviously, was one of the many in favor of the plan and discussed why Friday on Felger & Mazz.

"The point that seemed the most fair is not to give a team that was lagging farther behind in the East, and that was for example [the Charlotte Hornets] who are seven games back," Grousbeck said. "In the history of the NBA, no one has ever come from seven games back at this point in the season. And so, it's more fair to say no, we can only take so many teams because of safety.

"We don't want to have 500 more people with all 30 teams. We'd just have more of a chance of getting shut down because of the virus. So there was a line to be drawn, and we all decided 29-1 that this was the most fair line."

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With safety as the No. 1 concern going forward, it's a no-brainer to limit the teams heading down to Walt Disney World to only the ones that can fight for a playoff spot.

Grousbeck also suggested that the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks could be the C's first opponent when the league returns to action. The Celtics were preparing for a matchup in Milwaukee when the season was suspended in mid-March.

"I think our first game is going to be Milwaukee, which that would be interesting," Grousbeck said. "Because that's what the schedule looks like just from the current schedule. We don't have the new schedule yet. But we'll probably start right off with Milwaukee."

The C's currently have the No. 3 seed in the East as they prepare to return to the court.

You can hear the rest of what Grousbeck had to say in the video above.