Postcard from Celtics camp: Day 1

Postcard from Celtics camp: Day 1
October 1, 2013, 7:45 pm
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NEWPORT, R.I. —  Day One of the Boston Celtics' training camp is in the books and it began with a 50 minute, non-contact offensive skill work session this morning.

The evening practice involved players working on defense with more competitive drills which included three-minute scrimmages.

"It's the way I've always done it," said C's coach Brad Stevens. "It's a good way. You can break down the day in shorter segments and hopefully retain more."

Stevens seemed pleased overall with how the first day of camp went, with the only player limited being Rajon Rondo who is still on the mend following surgery in February to repair a torn right ACL injury.

There were a couple of players whose first day performances did stand out.

Among them was rookie Vitor Faverani.

"He's obviously a guy with great size," Stevens said. "He's probably our truest center, and a guy that can shoot the basketball. He made a three, although he did it off the glass today. He might have called it, but I couldn't understand him if he called it."

SULLINGER CLARIFIES COMMENTS

At the Celtics' media day on Monday, Sullinger said his reference to being "not close" had to do with him being where he wanted to be and had nothing to do with him being ready to start the season.

"I'm 100 percent healthy, I'm good," Sullinger told CSNNE.com. "I'm just not even close to being where I want to be and expect to be as a basketball player."

Sullinger underwent season-ending back surgery in February and has had to spend the bulk of time since then unable to do conditioning which has been a factor in him not being in great shape to start training camp.

Having missed so much time while his back healed, Sullinger is well aware of how important training camp is for him.

"I have a lot of time to make up," Sullinger said. "Every day of basketball is a good day for me."

MR. VERSATILITY

One of the greatest qualities about Jeff Green has been his ability to play both forward positions.

Well, Green's multi-positional skills will now be used at times to play shooting guard as well.

Stevens alluded to Green being used at even more positions recently, a challenge that Green believes he is up for.

"I like it," Green said. "It's a great challenge for myself, to be able to play multiple positions. I'm going to enjoy it."

QUOTE-UNQUOTE

"I don't know when I lost my fandom and it became more of a job." - Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who admitted he wasn't overly excited about Tuesday, his first practice as an NBA head coach.