Sunday, September 27, 2009

Almost there..

The Celtics' off season will officially be over in less than 48 hours. Tomorrow, the Celts hold their annual Media Day, and then Tuesday training camp officially opens. My last memory of last season was watching us lose to the Orlando Magic in Game 7 of the EC semis. I specifically remember watching Paul Pierce, looking absolutely drained, walk down the stairs of the Garden towards the player's parking lot. As usual, he was flanked by BPD and Phil Lynch, C's director of security. I turned to him and said "have a good summer P." Exhausted as he was, he took a second to say "thanks." That night Dwight Howard and Orlando beat us 101-82 to end our season. We now have a clean slate and will make another run at Banner 18. This is a very exciting time for us Celtics fans. Over the summer, we added, Marquis Daniels, Rasheed Wallace, Shelden Williams and Lester Hudson (via the draft). Together with the nucleus of last year's team, I believe we have a legitimate shot at winning it all. But I think one thing, more than these acquisitions, is on Celtics fans' mind: will KG be back at full strength? It is a touchy subject. I have heard everything from "his injury is worse than we think" to "if it was that bad, the Celtics wouldn't be letting him workout." The one thing that I have found a bit unnerving is that he still hasn't played actual bball yet. Meaning, from what I've read, he is not cleared to actually participate in "live basketball." The C's seem ultra-paranoid about his health, but I can see why. KG is the heart and soul of this team. He brings defense, rebounding, scoring, intensity, gets the crowd into the game and many more tangible and intangible pluses to our team. It will be very interesting (and a little nerve wracking)to see just what type of drills Doc and Danny let KG partake in over this 1st week or so of training camp. I also believe just for the mere fact of 'Sheed coming on board and fans' curiosity on how KG will bounce back that this preseason will draw alot more attention from fans and media. I will be going to the 1st preseason game at the Garden (10/9/09) and can't wait! Hope to have some pics/stories from media day tomorrow night.

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