Morning Walkthrough: West shows Pierce how to write blog post; Garnett repeatedly dunked on Patrick O’Bryant
The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Delonte West, ESPN Boston – “In this diary I want to talk about what’s going on this season here in Boston. But if questions about my past do come up, that’s alright with me. People make mistakes but that’s what life is. You’ve got to learn from them and keep going. … You want to know who is Delonte West? I’m not going with what Nate Robinson would like me to say. He says I’m the Joker from the Batman movie. I’m not going to allow Nate to label me. I’m also not going to start out saying I’m a basketball player. Actually, I’m a son. I’m a brother. I’m a cousin. I’m an uncle. I’m a next door neighbor. I’m just like you are. Most people, they run into me at the Walmarts and the Coscos and the Home Depot and the most surprising thing they find out about me is that I’m a lot more normal than people think I am as far as having my feet on the ground and being a human being. After those things, you’ve got to throw in God-fearing. After all those things, then I play basketball.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – Remember the story yesterday about how Kevin Garnett has stopped talking to players who won’t listen to him? What he did to Patrick O’Bryant was even worse. ”To Rivers’ earlier point about past teammates who didn’t listen, a post-practice session between Garnett and former C’s center Patrick O’Bryant from two years ago still comes to mind. Garnett spent the entire time dunking over the blank-faced O’Bryant and shouting, ‘Do you feel me?’ O’Bryant, who played very little and is now out of the NBA, obviously didn’t feel Garnett.”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “Bargnani not only got beat off the dribble, but Lasme’s powerful, one-handed jam seemed to ignite both the Celtic faithful as well as his teammates to victory. For Pierce, it was similar to those pick-up games in the summer when Lasme proved he could more than hold his own against NBA players. ‘Honestly, I thought he was just a guy we had in the gym for an extra body for pickup,’ Pierce said. ‘But now that he’s come to camp, he’s shown me a little bit more about what he can do. You guys haven’t really seen some of the things he can do. I’ve had a chance to watch him in the 3-on-3s after practice and see a little bit more of his skill level. He’s putting pressure on guys to make this team; just the way he’s playing and the way he’s responded in these games. He’s very productive. That’s hard to overlook right now. We have to keep our eye on him, what’s best for the team and go from there. I don’t know if he’ll make the team, but what he’s doing in this camp so far should warrant him a look in the NBA.’”
Peter May, ESPN Boston – “So, really, what can we glean from the Celtics’ summary disposal of the Sixers in Manchester, N.H.? Or from their squeaker over the Raptors on Sunday night? Nothing. ‘The one thing you cannot do in the exhibition season is use it as a guide as to how good you’re going to be,’ Rivers said Monday after practice, before the team headed to Philadelphia for a rematch with the Sixers. ‘All the teams are using different combinations and trying different things.’ … ‘I never put too much stock into who we played,’ Celtics GM Danny Ainge said of his exhibition-game memories. ‘It’s more about establishing a rhythm, teamwise and individualwise, and for the coaches to figure out who plays well together and who fits.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “The goal last summer, he said, was to take 1,000 3-pointers each day. Marquis Daniels looked around at a group of cynical faces and shrugged in his understated, bemused way. … ’I tried to make at least 1,000 3’s a day,’ he repeated. ‘I wasn’t used to doing that. I usually work on my post-ups and try to get my conditioning there, but there was a lot of shooting this summer. I was going twice a day, like in the morning at 9, and then at night late again, just shooting. Just trying to get them up,” said Daniels. “I had my old AAU coach helping me, and I was making my brother do some work, too. This summer I wanted to key on showing them that I was working on that,” he said. “With all of the people on this team who can penetrate and get to the basket, I just have to hit the open shot.’ … ’He’s made a couple of 3’s, but I’m not going to call that an expansion,’ said Rivers. ‘Where he’s better is he’s more sure of himself offensively. I still want to get him in the post more. That’s part of his game. On the elbows more, and we’re trying to do that.’ In other words, Daniels has miles to go before he once again has Rivers’ faith. ‘It’s up to him,’ said Daniels. ‘I’m just trying to take advantage of whatever situation he puts me in. He just wants me to be aggressive and take whatever the defense gives me. Just go out there and make plays, post up, and if I’m open, take the shot. I’d like to think this is something I could have been doing if I had stayed healthy, but that’s all in the past. I’m looking forward to the future.’”
Jessica Camerato, CSNNE – “Daniels has turned heads as he enters his eighth year in the league. Rather than wonder what could have been last season, he is focused on the season at hand. ‘I’d like to say this is something I could’ve been doing if I had stayed healthy, but that’s in the past,’ he said. ‘So now I’m looking forward to the future and just continuing to get better every day.’ Thousands of three-pointers later, he’s on his way.”
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe – “Nate Robinson joined the Celtics in late February but was not truly part of the team until the playoffs, according to Rivers. ‘It did take him some time,’ Rivers said. ‘Every team has their own culture. We believe ours is good for us. And Nate, it took him some time to buy into it and do it. But I think he’s completely into it now. Things we were asking Nate to do he wasn’t doing earlier. You could see it in practice, all of a sudden, he started getting up into the pick and rolls, he started moving the ball.’ Rivers said he told his skeptical assistant coaches: ‘I think he’s ready — I used the term — he’s ready to be a Celtic. He was and he has been ever since then. Nate and a lot of players haven’t gone that deep in the playoffs and going that deep and seeing in front of you how important every possession is, that might be the best learning tool for him.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “That said, the debate has been freshly opened on whether[Nate Robinson] is the highest jumping little man in the history of the league. Doc Rivers, who played in Atlanta with Spud Webb, is biased. ‘Hell no, Spud Webb was much higher,’ said the Celtics coach. ‘It would be those two I guess, as far as size. But it is amazing. He’s a great athlete – strong, too. That’s what separates him from most of those small guards. Muggsy (Bogues) had the body but couldn’t jump. Spud could jump but didn’t have the body. Nate has the combination.’ Robinson also has energy that is unique even for a little man. ‘I think energy is a skill,’ said Rivers. ‘Either you have energy or you don’t. I’m not a believer that low energy guys can all of a sudden be high energy guys. There’s great shooters and great skill guys, and then energy guys. (Joakim) Noah in Chicago – his great skill is energy. That’s a great talent to have, and Nate has that. We want it more. I told him last night that I didn’t think he played with the ball pressure he has, and that’s a gift that he has. If he has it he’d better use it.’”
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