Rondo, Bass, other C's working out in Waltham

Rondo, Bass, other C's working out in Waltham
May 8, 2014, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON — Celtics Nation, are you eager to get next season started already?

You're not alone.

So are the players, some of whom haven't wasted any time in making the team's practice facility into a temporary summer vacation home.

While most players on non-playoff teams like the Celtics (25-57 this past season) catch the first flight out of town to some exotic destination only to return to Boston sometime near the end of the summer, a handful of Celtics - Rajon Rondo among them - have already been in the gym working towards preparing for what they hope will be a better 2014-2015 season.

"Rondo and Brandon (Bass) and Chris Johnson and Chris Babb have all been in this week," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told "Those guys have all been in working out."

And Avery Bradley is coming in soon as well.

Phil Pressey just left town last week, but will likely be back at some point this summer to work out some more as well.

While there is indeed some uncertainty as to what the future holds for all those players in Boston, it's clear that their focus - for now at least - is to do all they can to prepare for next season as a member of the Boston Celtics.

"I definitely plan to be up here a lot this summer," Babb told last month. "I plan to do all I can to better myself as a player and just keep working to improve in all areas of my game."

Ainge spent 14 seasons in NBA with four different teams, so he understands all too well how important building camaraderie is to a team's chances at success.

But this time of year, Ainge said, there has to be a balance struck.

"They also need time alone and with their families, some time away," Ainge said. "They're around each other an awful lot through the course of a season."