The Celtics training camp is now in full swing on its European tour, and early on in camp there are lots of intriguing storylines.
The rookies are getting adjusted to life in the NBA, veterans are shaking off the dust from the long offseason and free agents are getting situated in a new place.
So, let's examine some of the biggest headlines out of Celtics camp thus far.
Jeff Green Returns
In his first NBA game action in more than a year, Jeff Green scored 16 points in the Celtics’ preseason opener on Friday, a 97-91 loss to Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker.
Green missed the entire 2011-12 season as he recovered from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. But he re-signed with the Celtics this offseason to a four-year, $36 million deal.
Head coach Doc Rivers was pleased with what he saw out of Green in his debut. (via ESPN)
"Yeah, (Green) was very comfortable. He played with great speed," Rivers said after the game. "You could see he played well at the 3 and the 4, which was great. The last time we had him he struggled when we switched him back and forth. Obviously we're starting to figure out his game as well, so that helped."
Sullinger is strong in preseason debut
Green wasn't the only one with a big game on Friday. Jared Sullinger showed why Boston scooped him up in the first round.
The former Ohio State Buckeye tied Jeff Green for a team-high 16 points while snagging a team-high eight boards.
He found success the same way he did in college—dogged work on the glass.
Sullinger was aggressive down low, putting himself in the right spots to grab rebounds and tip-in missed shots. He also displayed an impressive variety of post moves. (via ESPN)
"He was terrific," Rivers said. The point I made before the game, it was his first time playing minutes with the starters, and I thought he was good with the starters and I thought he was good with the bench, so that's a good sign. I thought he played with a great calm. For a rookie, he's never in a hurry, that was good."
Kevin Garnett player/coach?
With the large amount of young big men the Celtics acquired this offseason—Sullinger, Fab Melo, Green—Kevin Garnett has taken an increased role in teaching the young core of forwards.
He gave private lessons this offseason to the rookie class and has gathered the big men around him after every practice to work on everything to pick-and-roll defense to communication.
It's a role Garnett has thrived in, according to Rivers. (via ESPN)
"Kevin’s been phenomenal," said Rivers. "He’s had a big-man camp of his own [earlier this week] and he’s done it almost every day. It’s nice when you can tell the veterans like the young guys, you can see that."