Predicting what the Boston Celtics rotations will look like before training camp is like blindly throwing darts. There are a few established NBA players on the gutted roster, but after that, it could be a free-for-all for minutes. First-year coach Brad Stevens, however, will have his philosophies. He could doll minutes out with a developmental approach, or Stevens might use the veterans who came over in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
With all of the radical changes and headline-grabbing stories that have engulfed the Boston Celtics’ offseason, fans could be forgiven for forgetting that there are still 82 games to be played and a full training camp to go through. The C’s 2013 training camp will be a time for the franchise to take stock, as most of the names who defined the last era of Celtic pride have either been shipped out or left of their own accord. Replacing Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers are Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kelly Olynyk, Brad Stevens and a slew of questions about this franchise’s identity going forward and long-term outlook.
The Boston Celtics formally welcome the 2013-14 season with Monday’s Media Day at the team’s practice facility in Waltham. Just about everyone in the organization — players, coaches, front office, and ownership — typically make the rounds, conducting preseason interviews (unbridled optimism even in transition years!) and recording promos for various outlets over a three-hour span. Players also don their home white jerseys for the first time and pose for photos.
The roster hasn’t been this undefined since the day before draft night in 2007, when Danny Ainge traded for Ray Allen. That deal, which sent Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and Jeff Green’s draft rights to the Seattle SuperSonics for Allen and the draft rights to Glen Davis, triggered the greatest Celtics era in 22 years. But this dreaded rebuild, the one that spurred Doc Rivers to leave for an infinitely more rewarding coaching job with the Los Angeles Clippers, begins with today’s media day, and the start of training camp tomorrow at Salve Regina College in Newport, R.I. Allen is in Miami, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are in Brooklyn. Ainge has an NBA novice in coach Brad Stevens, the young and wildly successful architect of Butler University’s rise to collegiate prominence. The C’s president of basketball operations also has a reluctant and thus far reclusive leader in Rajon Rondo, who is recovering from ACL surgery.