For weeks now rookies Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger, and Kris Joseph have been training alongside Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, but in the past couple weeks the veterans have started trickling in. With strong chemistry and a conditioning advantage, the newcomers more than held their own against Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry, and Jeff Green. Kris Joseph said this to ESPN Boston when asked to comment:
“You know, ‘dominating’ is a strong word, but we did win a couple series, and then Rondo came back and stole the show, but it’s been great. We’ve been competing at a high level every day, and there’s not a day where I can leave that gym and say I didn’t get better. Every day I get better and that’s the best thing about this place, this organization, is that you’re going to get better every day and there’s no question about it.”
Don’t lie to us Kris Joseph, you can’t play down your presumably spectacular victories and use the word ‘dominating’ in the same sentence. Dionte Christmas even said the young players had been “beating up” on the veterans in those early matchups. And what did Rondo do to steal the show? If I had to guess, I’d bet he joined teammates Courtney Lee and Kris Joseph with a spectacular 360 dunk over Fab Melo. Jokes aside, it’s good to see him continue to see Rondo take a leadership role with this team both on and off the court. Chemistry is sometimes criminally underrated (see the hoopla surrounding the new-look Los Angeles Lakers) and Rondo, Terry, and Green are ensuring that they start building trust early between all the Celtics, old and new, as the offseason crawls to a close.