In the first day of training camp, the Celtics reportedly looked in sync in drills and schemes. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise; the core group has playing together for quite some time. Experience naturally makes it easy for veterans to step right into the system.
In Doc Rivers' opinion, the greatest issue diagnosed in day one of camp is the need for some conditioning. Rivers said he anticipated such an issue.
“I think we're not in great shape personally. I don't think we've come back in the condition that I want, I kind of anticipated that so we're gonna have to get in better shape...most everybody made it through practice, I thought the last hour of practice you could say that they had run three hours and so we have to get better.”
Rivers remarked that both Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett looked great. There has been resounding positivity coming from Celtics camp about both players. Shaq is said to be in better shape and has reiterated his desire to play not one, but two years with the Celtics.
Garnett reportedly looks like he had his spring back.
As I've stated previously, Garnett will not return to the player he was five years ago, but the player we saw in '08 would do just fine. Garnett's unique set of skills is a necessity in order for the Celtics to make another run and this is the best piece of news we could hope for going into camp.
The Boston Globe on Garnett's Status:
During a drill in yesterday’s first practice of training camp, he jumped effortlessly to dunk a ball with his right hand. There were no second thoughts, no twinges of pain when he landed, no limp in his first step down the court.
With almost a month left before the Heat visit the Garden, the Celtics surely have the time to get up to speed on their conditioning. Off-season conditioning does not always bring the kind of results that hours of team scrimmaging, drills, and preseason games will.
For Celtics fans, there is no need for concern. Boston will undoubtedly be good to go come start of the season. There will be more areas to dissect come Tuesday, when the Celtics square off against the 76ers in their first preseason game.