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Celtics open training camp, Brad Stevens ready for more aggressive approach 09.30.14 at 7:04 pm ET
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The Celtics kicked off training camp Tuesday with two-a-days at the team’€™s training facility in Waltham. It’€™s somewhat of a new trend for the team, which has journeyed to Newport, Rhode Island, for training camp the last several years.

Brad Stevens had a simple state of mind as to why the team is staying local.

“Because my office is here,” he said. “The computer is there, the TV I know how to work is in the same place. The equipment guys don’€™t have to carry thousands of bags. The video guys don’€™t have to move their whole life. It made a lot more sense to stay here. … The kind of work we get done is a lot more important than anything else, like where we do it.”

Stevens indicated he may have moved things along a bit too slowly last season and wants to take a more aggressive approach this time around.

“I’ve got a great idea about how fast or how slow I need to go,” he said. “Right now, in a lot of ways I’€™m trying to throw as much at them as possible in the next three days and then we’€™ll break it down after that.”

Added Stevens: “I thought I was too gradual last year and so we’€™re going to be a lot quicker in that. But at the same time, at the appropriate time, after a couple of days we’€™ll stop and hopefully break it down.”

With Rajon Rondo out of camp with a broken hand, Stevens briefly explained the team’s point guard situation on the first day of camp: “We had three teams, Evan [Turner], Marcus [Smart] and Phil [Pressey].”

Turner is less of a true point guard than Smart and Pressey, but that doesn’t concern Stevens.

“One thing is you don’€™t really know [is how Turner will respond], but he’€™s better with the ball than not,” Stevens said, adding: “Not withstanding Rondo, he’€™s as good of a pick-and-roll player as we have.”

Continued Stevens: “We have one point guard healthy that has NBA experience and that’€™s Phil Pressey. And that’€™s not a lot of it. I’€™m not as worried about [the point guard position] because I think people are going to put you in a box for your position, and I’€™m just not going to do that. I’€™m not going to worry about it. [Turner'€™s] a ball handler, he can make plays, he’€™s smart. And then I think that keeps our other guys in the positions that they’€™re most comfortable.”

The Celtics continue camp in Waltham all week before hosting a practice at the TD Garden on Friday for season ticket-holders.

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All the Rajon Rondo news that’s fit to print on media day 09.29.14 at 2:52 pm ET
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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo confirmed that he suffered his broken left metatarsal injury in the shower at his home during his media day interview.

“Usually, how falls happen, you slip, and I slipped and tried to catch my hand,” said Rondo. “€œIt wasn’t like a banana slip. I actually almost caught myself and landed on my knuckle on the windowsill at my home. So, that’€™s how it happened.”

In the team’€™s press release on Friday, the Celtics estimated Rondo’€™s recovery time frame at 6-8 weeks, and Rondo hopes it could be closer to the lower number.

“They’€™re telling me 10 weeks, some doctors say 8, but since Dr. McKeon claims to be the best surgeon, he thinks I’€™ll be back pretty quickly,” he said, especially since the injury occurred to his non-shooting hand.

Pressed further on the injury, Rondo responded in wonderful Rondo fashion to the rumors that he broke the bone in his hand at a trampoline park.

“On Tuesday, I took my daughter to a trampoline park on Tuesday, and I did jump,” he said. “I learned some new tricks with my daughter. It was a lot of fun.

“Wednesday was her birthday. I went to ‘The Lion King’ with my daughter. I spent the day playing a softball game with a team, which we won. I scored about three runs. I didn’t bat like I was supposed to. We didn’t play at a softball field; I couldn’t hit out of the park. I made a couple top-10 catches and a one-hand grab and throw-out at first base that was really good. I impressed myself with that.

“Thursday came, and I took my kids back to a trampoline park in Billerica. I didn’t jump that day. I just let my kids play and run off some steam. It was a school night, so I wanted to go for about 45 minutes. People were really nice there. They let me in for free, so that was good. And that night, I went home, and that’€™s when the incident happened, so it didn’t happen at the trampoline place.”

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Altitude: Rajon Rondo did not injure hand at trampoline park at 8:32 am ET
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Soon after the Celtics announced point guard Rajon Rondo broke a metacarpal in his left hand during a fall at his home Thursday — reportedly in the shower — and will miss 6-8 weeks of the season following surgery, Barstool Sports published a photo of Rondo at Billerica’s Altitude Trampoline Park the same day, fueling wild speculation.

Over the weekend, a pair of Altitude employees denied on Twitter any knowledge of the injury taking place at the business. “He sat and watched his kids jump,” said the employee who appeared in the photo with Rondo.

And on Monday, Altitude co-owner Kerry Hughes issued the following statement to WEEI: “In regards to Rajon Rondo‘s visit to Altitude in Billerica on Thursday the only comment we have is that he was here with his children and his children were the only members of his party that enjoyed jumping, climbing and our battle beam pit. He did not attract much attention as he only sat on a couch and watched his children enjoy our park’s activities. He appreciated our professional staff and allowed a few pictures to be taken. He left with no injuries or incident.”

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Rajon Rondo expected out 6-8 weeks after surgery on broken hand 09.26.14 at 7:18 pm ET
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In a press release, the Celtics announced that point guard Rajon Rondo required surgery this morning after breaking his left hand in a fall at his house on Thursday night. Rondo is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, according to the team, which would mean that he’d miss approximately eight to 14 games depending if he returns between mid-November and the beginning of December.

Here is the press release from the team:

“The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Rajon Rondo underwent successful surgical fixation of a left metacarpal fracture this morning at New England Baptist Hospital. The injury was a result of a fall at his home last night. The surgery was performed by Dr. Hervey Kimball and Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon. Estimated timetable for return is six to eight weeks.

“Rondo, a 6′€™1′€ guard, appeared in 30 contests (all starts) for the Celtics last season and averaged 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 1.33 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. He recorded a season-high 22 points against Atlanta on February 26, a season-high 11 rebounds against Philadelphia on April 4. On March 9 against Detroit, Rondo recorded 18 assists and zero turnovers, passing Bill Russell for fifth highest assist total in Celtic franchise history.”

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Danny Ainge: We’d love to keep Rajon Rondo in Boston 09.22.14 at 2:17 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge continued to straddle the fence on The Rajon Rondo Question — to trade or not to trade his four-time NBA All-Star point guard — during a Q&A session with former WCVB-TV sportscaster Mike Dowling at Worcester’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The truthful answer is I really don’t know,” Ainge told the congregation on Sunday, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “I have no intention. I’m not trying to trade Rondo, but because he’s a free agent this summer, he assured me that he wants to stay in Boston. We’d love to keep him in Boston.”

On the other side of the fence, “The possibility of a trade is not out of the question,” Ainge added. “Nobody is untradeable, but I don’t see that happening.”

According to the T&G’s Bill Doyle, Ainge told the several hundred gathered that the Celtics approached Rondo’s agent about a contract extension to no avail each of the past two summers. Of course, Rondo’s value the last two offseasons isn’t close to what he could command as an unrestricted free agent next year should he submit another All-Star caliber season. In the meantime, Ainge will keep on straddling that fence.

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Irish Coffee: Rajon Rondo rumor mill keeps churning 09.01.14 at 12:52 pm ET
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The Celtics are in the same old holding pattern, and Rajon Rondo doesn’t know where he’s going to land.

Over the weekend, video surfaced of a behind-the-scenes conversation between ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan and New York Daily News writer Frank Isola about the possibility of Rondo being traded.

“€œIt will happen, because he’€™s told them he wants out,”€ MacMullan said. “No one believes me, but that’€™s the truth. And I don’t see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him. Tell me where. The Knicks? People keeping saying the Knicks; well, who are they going to give you? The Kings want him. … They’ll give up [Ben McLemore], but Rondo has already told [Sacramento] flat-out, ‘I will never re-sign with you.’ That’s no good, so where do you go?”

The footage has since been deleted from the YouTube account for ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” but lives on over at Deadspin. Few media members know the inner workings of the Celtics front office better than MacMullan, so her claim that Rondo has essentially demanded a trade is significant — however off the cuff that statement may have been. But Jackie Mac has for years held the opinion Rondo isn’t long for Boston, and yet he remains on the roster.

Meanwhile, Rondo and his agent have denied the trade speculation first discovered by MassLive’s Jay King.

So, here we are again. To be or not to be traded? That is the question. Don’t dismiss MacMullan’s stance simply based on Rondo’s denial, since the four-time NBA All-Star point guard has little choice but to claim he wants to remain in Boston until the time comes to move on elsewhere. He and the Celtics would gain nothing by making his desire to be dealt a public matter. Yet, the rumors persist, and it’s not all that difficult to discover why.

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Irish Coffee: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart isn’t ready to start and other things we learned from Rajon Rondo’s China tour 08.27.14 at 1:55 pm ET
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Rajon Rondo is in the midst of his annual trip to China, which means more exchanges between the Celtics point guard and a media contingent that probably understands his dry humor better than Boston’s. Take this, for example.

  • Hoop China: “Who’s the next Rajon Rondo?”
  • Rondo: “Nobody.”
  • Hoop China: Straight face.
  • Rondo: “Nobody.”
  • Hoop China: Smiles all around.

The folks at Red’s Army deserve an award for keeping up with the four-time NBA All-Star’s Anta tour, and fan extraordinaire @KWAPT has more Chinese sources than the CIA. For the most part, Rondo provided the same stock answers we’ve grown accustomed to — “My leadership role has grown each year” and Kevin Garnett‘s “like a big brother to me” — but his answer to a question about whether Marcus Smart could start in the backcourt this season provided some insight into his feelings about the Celtics drafting another guard with the No. 6 overall pick.

“No,” Rondo said flatly. “He’ll play a lot of minutes, but starting as a rookie at the guard position is probably impossible or one of the toughest things you can do. Only so many guards have done it in the past, especially playing at that high level, but he’ll be ready. He’ll come in ready. He seems pretty humble, and we’ll get to work.”

Avery Bradley is probably Rondo’s closest confidant on the team, so it should come as no surprise he knocked Smart down a notch, but his response also suggests he fully expects to start the season on the Celtics. Still, the roster’s youth with the additions of Smart and James Young seems to be a sticking point for Rondo.

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