When the NBA lockout began, the Celtics veterans spoke of grand workout plans, plans that would keep the squad together in one place despite the lockout. Ray Allen said the team might meet at UConn. Rajon Rondo was expected to coordinate many of the workouts. It was anticipated that the Celtics’ veteran presence would allow the team to adapt to the lockout’s trying circumstances more easily than most teams.
Instead, a little more than a month into the lockout, the players continue to work out (or perhaps not work out) solo.
“Rondo said Celtics players have been working out individually this summer with no plans yet for group workouts,” wrote ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.
While Rondo did say the veterans would likely organize team activites if the lockout lingered, coordinating group workouts could be almost impossible. Let’s run down what we know the Celtics are doing:
- E’Twaun Moore signed in Italy.
- Gilbert Brown (who isn’t technically a Celtic, but probably will become one) signed in Germany.
- Glen Davis will consider overseas opportunities.
- Rajon Rondo plans to enroll at Kentucky to finish college.
- Paul Pierce is playing poker while wearing his championship ring.
- JaJuan Johnson is tweeting about random things, mostly nonsense, and causing me to wonder whether he’s spending enough time in the gym.
- Jeff Green is trying to become a mixture of Pierce, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James — when he’s not shoving female soccer players, that is.
- Kevin Garnett is drawing serious interest from Chinese teams, if the league’s rules permit NBA players to sign.
- Avery Bradley is fielding overseas offers, has some interested clubs, and could be joining Brown and Moore as temporary NBA defects.
- Shaq is either in a studio, making fun of Chris Bosh, or cross-country driving an RV that he initially said the Celtics gave to him for a birthday present, before changing his mind and saying he bought it himself.
- Carlos Arroyo has fielded offers from Italian teams, and at one point was reportedly ready to sign overseas.
- Nenad Krstic signed in Russia.
- Delonte West is working on his budding rap career (which is destined to make him considerably less money than his basketball career).
- Von Wafer is begging Spanish teams for a roster spot.
- Sasha Pavlovic is doing whatever Sasha Pavlovic does during an NBA lockout.
- And Troy Murphy is presumably in an empty gym, searching for his lost game.
Coordinating group workouts could become like a Carmen San Diego game, traipsing all over the world to round up V.I.L.E. henchmen — err, I mean Celtics players.
The lockout (damn you, Stern) continues to make its presence felt.