Sunday, October 28, 2012

Observations from the Celtics "open practice"

Just a few hours before they boarded a plane to Miami for opening night on Tuesday, the Celtics held their annual "open practice" at the Garden.  Here's some of the highlights:

- If you didn't already know, Kevin Garnett is a crazy person.  And I mean that in a good way, his level of intensitiy is off the charts.  At one point during a drill he badly missed a jumper from the top of the key, hitting just the backboard and side of the rim.  Garnett was so upset with himself that when the whistle blew he threw the ball about 30 feet up into the air, narrowly missing Paul Pierce's head on the way back down.

- Jason Terry is a lot of fun.  Before the scrimmage started he told one side of the building to root for the green team, and the other to cheer for the white team.  This got the fans much more involved.  I was sitting in the "white" half, and the crowd around me chanted "de-fense" and jokingly booed Pierce (in green) on the free throw line at the end of the game:

- Before things got started, rookie Jared Sullinger introduced all the players.  The crowd got pretty fired up for this; and loud.  You may want to turn your volume down before watching:

That's Sullinger, #7 below.  The last time I was at a practice in the Garden was back in March, when the Final Four teams were there.  Coincidentally, I also took a picture of Sullinger as an Ohio Sate Buckeye standing in almost exactly the same spot.


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