O’Bryant wasn’t ready
|02.20.09 at 3:12 pm ET|
It turns out Patrick O’Bryant wasn’t ready to play. Not for the Boston Celtics, at least.
“I feel like I’m pretty ready,” he said prior to the All-Star Break. “I never feel like I’m not ready, I don’t want to get down on myself. But I feel like I’m ready. In Doc’s eyes I might not be, so I’ve just got to take his advice and keep pushing forward.”
The Celtics echoed head coach Doc Rivers’ opinion when they traded O’Bryant to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday as part of a three-team deal with the Sacramento Kings.
In spite of being a big man on a team in need of length, O’Bryant averaged just 4.2 minutes in 26 games this season (less playing time than everyone on the Celtics except for Sam Cassell and J.R. Giddens). Last summer an informed source questioned if O’Bryant would be able to shake his two-guard mentality in a seven-foot frame. His defensive abilities continued to be a cause for concern.
“He’s been stressing Celtics D,” O’Bryant said of Rivers. “It’s different than any other team’s expectations. They’re a championship team and you’ve got to be able to play at a championship level.”
O’Bryant was looking forward to growing as a shot blocker and rebounder in the second half of the season. He was eager to back up Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins off the bench. Now he can try to do the same for Chris Bosh.