The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “‘Nate’s been terrific,’ the coach said following yesterday’s training camp session at Salve Regina. ‘I thought last year Nate’s experience in the playoffs changed him as a player. Whether he was here or somewhere else, I think he’s figured out that when you’re on the floor between the lines, it is a very serious basketball game. And it takes being serious, it takes being focused and it takes execution. When he’s off the court, he can be Nate – and I think he’s figured that here now. And, you know, I told him last year early on that it was why he didn’t play. I said, ‘Until you figure that out, you will not play here.’ And he did. I give that credit to Nate.’ Rivers knows when the light went on for Robinson. ‘I remember almost to the day in one of our practices,’ he said. ‘I think it was in the (Eastern Conference) semifinals. I remember seeing how Nate was doing things, and I told our coaches, ‘Nate can play now for us.’ And eventually we did play him, and he played well.’”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “‘The playoff run was probably more important for him as a player for the rest of his life, than any single player that I’ve seen in a long time,’ Rivers said. Said Robinson: “It meant a lot because I was more of a student of the game, just pick and choose my battles, where I could improve at. For the most part, I was a sponge, try to soak up as much information as I could. It was great. It was a humble experience. Hopefully I can get back there again.’ Part of Robinson’s transformation has been setting aside some of his booming personality to instead lock in mentally more on his game. ‘When it’s practice time, focus on practice. When we have our breaks, we can clown around, do our thing,’ Robinson said. ‘But when we’re back on there, doing drills, working on plays, areas where he’s talking to the bigs, you gotta listen. That’s something that I am improving on, just getting more mature. That just comes with time. I’m 26 years old and I’m not getting any younger.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “After Thursday’s session, videos shot included a mock stare-down between O’Neal and Kendrick Perkins (which ended with the two “playoff rivals” dancing); Robinson running a clumsy suicide in O’Neal’s size 23 shoes; and a sequence in which KG and O’Neal rough up Robinson, beating him with one of Shaq’s oversized shoes at one point. If Twitter was your only glimpse into Boston’s training camp, it would be enough to make you wonder if this team ever focuses on basketball. Truth is, the Celtics are working twice as hard as they’re playing, and all the ancillary antics are helping to forge a bond that this team came to Newport specifically in search of.”
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “‘Selfishly, I could have went somewhere and put up a lot more shots and possibly had a greater chance of making a couple more All-Star teams,’ [Ray] Allen said. ‘But it’s just too much belief in the way we do things.’ … ‘You just don’t give up a great situation,’ he said. ‘“He’s still Ray,’’ said Kevin Garnett. “Still being a politician at times. Still acting like he’s Wikipedia. That’s Ray. That’s who he is.’ … ‘You don’t give up a lineup that we had for individual success,’ Allen said. ‘We’ve all had that. I want to be able to say that I’m looking up and I have guys that I can count on every single night.’”
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – [Kevin Garnett said] “‘It’s a loose environment around here until we hit the floor. That’s where it all breaks loose. Very competitive.’ Rivers said the players are aware of the concerns about chemistry and want to prove doubters wrong. ‘They’ve heard a lot about the personalities,’ said Rivers, ‘and I think they’ve heard that they’re not going to be able to get it together.’”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “With minutes on the floor expected to be few and far between this season, you won’t hear a word of grumbling from the former Big East player of the Year. ‘This is great to be a rookie on this team,’ Harangody told CSNNE.com. ‘A lot of people may look at it has hindering your chances of playing time, but I’ve learned so much this week. The veterans have been great, taking me to the side and giving me pointers.’ Only time will tell if he feels the same way when they demand him to do more than just run a few errands for them. We saw earlier this season the fallout when Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry the shoulder pads of a veteran teammate. ‘I’m not that stupid,’ Harangody said. ‘These guys tell me to do something, I’ll do it.’
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Erden, the rookie Turkish center, faces a fairly typical challenge for a foreign player. ‘Semih can play,’ Rivers said. ‘He’s not a project as far as a player. He’s a project as far as understanding what the hell I’m saying. It’s just going to take some time. You can see he doesn’t want to use his interpreter all the time. Who wants a guy standing next to you in practice? But we try to figure that out as we go. He’s doing whatever the guy in front of him does. The problem is that if the guy in front of him screws up, then you have to stop it. But I think today was his best practice.’”
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “‘In my experience, the guys that played at a high level that become coaches usually have a great rapport with the guys,’ Shaq said yesterday. ‘You know, like 11 o’clock practice, 12 o’clock practice, I ain’t never had that in my whole career. I’m used to staying up, not being able to sleep, go to bed at 3, gotta get up at 8, gotta go at 10, then the rest of the day be messed up. Doc understands sleep deprivation and all that stuff. You know, older guys love stuff like that.’ … ’The thing I like about these guys is you never hear anybody complaining about shots,’ [Shaq] said. ‘If a guy misses somebody on a pass, they say, ‘My bad. I won’t let it happen again.’ It’s kind of refreshing to see stuff like that. But other than that, it’s exactly what I thought it was going to be – intense, hard work, guys working after practice and guys on a mission.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “After admitting the Celtics will continue to run the defensive schemes installed during Tom Thibodeau’s time in Boston (with minor tweaks), Rivers dismissed the notion that having another head coach in the league that knows Boston’s defensive playbook could be detrimental. ‘There’s no secrets,’ said Rivers. ‘If I don’t know what every team in the league is running offensively and defensively, then our whole staff sucks. Really, there’s too much video. Back when we played, we literally didn’t know what the other team was going to do. There was no NBA TV. You went out west and, literally, you hadn’t seen the team, other than those reel-to-reel [films], where you watched maybe one half. Sometimes, that was the first time you had ever seen them.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Coach Doc Rivers, another noted contributor to the unidentified charitable fund that benefits from these league-levied fines, was still in a joking mood yesterday when asked about the new guidelines. ‘We’re going to set the record again this year,’ he said. ‘We’re going to go for it. Last year we fell short of the technical record, and we’re going to go for it this year. It’s going to be tough. If you think about it, we won’t have Perk or Rasheed for the first half, so I don’t know how we’re going to set it. But we’ll work on it somehow.’ Joking aside, Rivers has no interest in hamstringing his team with an attempt to curb the Celtics’ emotional nature. Even without Wallace, the C’s will operate on a high-strung frequency. ‘The game is played with emotion,’ Rivers said. ‘That doesn’t mean there has to be negative emotion. It is an emotional game, but I just want the officials to listen, see what they call and call what they see, and things will be fine.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted he’s a little too focused on getting his own team ready for the 2010-11 season to pay too much mind to a change in the NBA Development League allocation rules that will allow Boston to stockpile as many as three camp cuts on the roster of the Maine Red Claws this season. Rivers did admit that, for the invitees that are likely to end up as camp casualties, it’s a good opportunity to stay in the organization. What’s more, Rivers would like to see even more crossover between parent clubs and their affiliates, leading to a system more like Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League. ’I still think they should change a lot of the D-League rules,’ said Rivers. ‘I think we should be able to rehab guys in the NBDL, even if it’s a veteran. If a veteran doesn’t want to, that’s fine. But let’s say Paul Pierce is coming back and he says, ‘Coach, I’d love to go play a couple games [in Maine],’ then it’d be great to able to use it in that way.’”
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