The Daily Ubuntu is a collection of Celtics-related news and columns from around the intarwebs, just so that you keep in touch with our favourite green team.
Today’s edition features a mix of reads, so head on over and check them out.
Vacation over, Doc Rivers pushes players – Boston Herald
Doc says the guys did not get enough training during the Europe games, and have to be pushed harder now that they are back at home.
“If anything, that’s where I’d say Europe probably hurt, because they didn’t get enough action or enough practice time,” Rivers said. “Here after practice, you can have another practice. You can come back tonight with just them. You can’t do that over there.
“I don’t know if you learn much yet, You learn little things about individuals, and you’re still just looking for different combinations, which we’ll do throughout training camp. They’re competitive, which you don’t know until they all get together. You can see that. You know, I think we have a chance to be a really good team.”
I can’t imagine having two practices in a day, that has got to be killer. It was surprising hearing Doc talk about them needing to be in better shape though, I thought they looked okay during the games. Well, pretty okay considering how bad the Clippers looked last night – they were abysmal.
“We ran them a lot,” he said. “We did a lot of stuff. It was a hard practice, but I thought we needed it off the trip. We took two days off, which we would never do in training camp. And I think we have to get in better shape. So with all those, you have a hard practice.”
Not forgetting someone who has been left out of the limelight: should we be concerned about Wilcox? There hasn’t been much mention of him, which is usually a bad thing when it comes to the Celtics.
Here are more post-practice interview videos, heads up to CelticsLife. Videos from Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston.
Pierce talks about the different lineups being thrown in every day at practice, and about getting better in the process. It must be a madhouse of adaptation, learning to play with different guys all the time. Either you get to know everyone really well or you go bonkers – certainly fits the championship or bust mentality this season.
Bradley says he feels great and sounds ready to play anytime, but is still “staying away from contact” and being cautious until he’s cleared and ready for real work – “no injuries, no setbacks”. I’m so looking forward to his return, it’s going to be great having him in the lineup this time. Last postseason was simply frustrating with the multiple injuries, and we had to literally limp our way to the ECF. Not this year man.
Darko Milicic Buys into New Role with C’s – Celtics.com
Title says it all. If Darko is committed to doing what he’s supposed to do (aka just being Man Mountain and not past draft pick #2), good things are coming. All he has to do is to give a couple of hard fouls, not get pulled out of position, protect the paint and rebound. Nothing less. Ah, and of course – pass the way he did in Europe.
Sullinger’s IQ – ESPN Boston
There’s a lot of stuff inside, but the best quote from Sullinger has got to be this, because it shows how humble he is:
“It’s easy when you’ve got greats like that playing with you,” said Sullinger. “They make the game so much easier, so I can’t complain. They tell me to do something and I do it. Most of the time they’re never going to put me in a situation where I’m going to fail, so it’s easy to play with those guys.”
About being old
Challenging some misconceptions about the Celtics – Red’s Army
We’ve heard it all before. The Celtics are old (yawn), they can’t run (yawn), and they are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league (sad but true).
John Karalis does a good job breaking these ridiculous ancient myths, which are fast becoming untrue because of the recent roster reload. If you want to talk old, go look at the Knicks. The C’s are definitely younger and faster now, but we’ll have to wait and see about rebounding. It’s just so frustrating at times when they show an inability to secure defensive boards, which then leads to second chances (read: corner threes) and putbacks. Box your man out dammit.
The Celtics are old… and there’s nothing wrong with that – CelticsLife
JR from CelticsLife disagrees a little on John’s piece, but I reckon it’s more a matter of differing perspectives. John was talking about the average age on the roster going down, whereas JR points out to the guys in the clutch being old, and that most championship teams rarely if ever win with their main guys being that old.
He’s right about that, but having great younger guys in the roster allows for rest, which means something in this 82 game season grind. More rest, less playing time, the chances of injury go down a little bit more. And when it’s time for the postseason, every little bit counts because we need everything they can give.
And of course, provided we survive the injury bug. Here’s another commonly-used phrase: old guys are injured easily. I suppose they forgot about Rose and Shumpert last season, or about Bosh being out, or Noah getting injured as well. How about Griffin or Paul? All this bull about old and injury ticks me off sometimes.
That’s all for today folks, have fun and I’ll see you soon.