I have to admit, I was not sold on Matt Janning when I first saw him. He looked young enough to have his postgame meals at Chuck E. Cheese, and — let’s be honest — there aren’t exactly a lot of white guys who make it in the NBA. So when Janning got a DNP-CD in the C’s second summer league game, I wasn’t at all surprised.
But then I was shocked by Janning’s performance in the next game. He didn’t just play well; he dominated. He didn’t just look like he belonged; he was the best player on the court. And he’s parlayed that one breakout game into a slot in Celtics training camp. (Green Street)
After a brief but impressive stint with the Celtics at Orlando Summer League, Matt Janning has received an invite to be part of their training camp roster this fall, he told WEEI.com.
“They’ve invited me,” he said. “I’ve got to sit down and kind of think about what’s the best opportunity for me.” [...]
“A lot of my friends are like, ‘You’re playing with the Celtics, that’s awesome.’ And it really is,” he said. “I’ve been in Boston the last four years, a little more than that now, watched games down at the Garden, and I’ve seen those guys play, so it’s real nice knowing that I’m close to getting a chance to be part of all that.”
It must be nice to have a great game at the perfect time, huh?
P.S. – Is Janning better than Oliver Lafayette? I don’t know. I haven’t seen enough of either of them. But he’s more athletic (yes, even though he’s white) and probably has a bit more potential.