Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  21 responses

In Boston, They’re Not Talking About Practice

Somewhere, Allen Iverson is shedding a tear. Just like last season, the Boston Celtics aren’t exactly big on that whole practice thing, which hasn’t hurt the team at all. The Herald reports: “They may win the NBA championship this season, but the title of ‘Hardest Working Team in Show Business’ is probably out of reach. And that’s by necessity. Doc Rivers knows he must preserve his veterans if he hopes to lead them to a successful June. If that means they lose touch with the moniker worn by the late James Brown, well, so be it. But the coach knows it’s a fine line he’s walking — though it’s currently led to a 10-game winning streak. Rivers was talking about defensive slippage before the Celts pushed the listless Bobcats into 62 points on 33.8 percent shooting from the field Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. And he’s still disturbed that his club is losing touch with some of its principles and timing. ‘Absolutely,’ Rivers said. ‘We’ve been talking about it a lot. There’s definitely been slippage. That’s why I keep getting concerned. But it’s there for sure. You can definitely see the difference in the way we play and the way we execute when we don’t practice.’ … The Celtics managed to deal well with the run of three games in four nights that ended Saturday, even incorporating rookie Erden into the starting lineup in the last two outings when center Shaquille O’Neal was held out with a lingering right shin and calf injury. And the best-in-the-East record of 19-4 speaks pretty well for them, too. As point guard Rajon Rondo put it while he iced his feet late Saturday, ‘We’re doing a pretty good job without practicing.’”

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  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 ENDSwing

    Not a game

  • slamfan4life

    well they are all about 54 years old……have fun running the team in 3 years Rondo!

  • hoodsnake

    Yeah Iverson will be old enough next year to suit up for this squad

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    When you only have 8 or 9 players healthy enough to play the actual games, it’s kind of difficult to practice. Why are we even talking about this?

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    not a game, not not not a actuall game, but parcatice

  • JTaylor21

    I’m an idiot

  • The_real_Iverson

    ey look, they supposed to be the franchise players. when you see them play, you see them play right ? you see them give everything they got and die for the game. but we are talkin bout practise man. i mean how silly is that

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Heard Doc Rivers holds mandatory nap sessions, like pre schoolers..

  • reflex

    cosign JTaylor

  • vtrobot

    this was breaking news (two years ago). the old men are going to win it all again.

  • ClydeSays

    Tough to run a full practice when you’ve got about 7 healthy players. Once he has 12 healthy players back, I’m sure the practice schedule will be back on…

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    as long as they win, who cares about practice?

  • JTaylor21

    Why am I such an idiot?

  • JamaalWilks87

    Iverson could have been like Tiny Archibald…

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I bet your mothers backdoor that rondo wont be playing anything like this when big 3 seperate. …. His game is entirely based off the greatness of his teammates…. But hes a great rebounder for a pg.

  • BostonBaller

    there aren’t many great pg’s without at least 1 go to guy on his team. a pg can be the best passer around but if there is no one to finish, those passes are for not. when the 3 are done I’m sure RR’s scoring will go up UNLESS Danny pulls a few strings and gets some guys to fill the hoop up. No, AI could NOT have been Tiny A…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    No JTaylor I’m an idiot.

  • L

    We talkin bout practice..L

  • paul

    Rondo is making those guys’ careers longer and better. They need him as much as he needs them.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I cant express how badly I want sheed to come back

  • rayray

    I am also an idiot