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- Nate Robinson believes he’ll benefit from a training camp with the Celtics. “For me to get a training camp in with the Celtics, that’s only going to help me out with knowing exactly what Doc wants from me, how to play and getting in where I fit in, which is me playing with energy. I don’t try to do too much. I’ve just got to play my game.” Last year, Doc struggled to run plays Nate understood. Doc even implemented at least one offensive set that the Knicks ran. A full training camp should definitely help Nate feel more comfortable.
- Doc won’t go too hard on his players during said training camp. “We will have a couple two-a-days, but it will be a walkthrough,” he said before the charity round. “It will be very similar to our walkthroughs during the regular season. So it won’t be an actual practice. We have two scheduled (in gym reservations) for every day, but every day we’re going to try to do just a single. I am going to decide after practice. It will be a reward.”
- Doc on Clifford Ray’s mysterious departure: “It was difficult parting ways with Cliff,” said Rivers. “It was difficult to [part ways with associate head coach Tom Thibodeau]. I had dinner and lunch with Thibs, Sunday and Monday [in Chicago]. I saw him too much. I told him he’s not with me any more, get away from me. You form a special bond with those guys especially with Cliff. Cliff’s been with me for a while. Someday he may be back with me. But yeah, it’s always tough.”
- In Doc’s eyes, chemistry remains an issue. “It’s a major concern, oh yeah,” said Rivers. “Listen, if everybody is in it for right reason, there’s no problem. If anyone is not in it for the right reasons, then there’s always a problem. We’ll find out if we have any of those. We’re hoping we don’t, and I don’t think we do. But, honestly, I don’t know. You don’t know until — everyone says the right thing in August. I could get the best player in the NBA and say ‘Hey, I’m going to play you 10 minutes,’ and he’ll agree in August. But when the ball flies up in the air, and you start playing, that’s a whole different story.” If you ask me, the chemistry concerns are overrated. But what do I know? I’m just a blogger.
- The NBA 2k11 ratings came out. I’m not one to argue with stupid video game ratings, but Paul Pierce behind Gerald Wallace? Child please.
- Doc Rivers discussed why the Celtics changed their minds and will now hold training camp in Newport, Rhode Island. “We were going to have it at home, but because we just kept adding guys, we thought we just needed to get these guys by themselves,” Rivers said. “Away from everybody and just together and hopefully that can force the bond.”
- I think this picture is amazing.
- Shaq keeps saying the right things. But don’t expect him to cure all the C’s rebounding woes.
- Rajon Rondo appeared on SportsCenter. As usual, he looked pumped (!) to speak with the media.
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