WALTHAM -- News surfaced out of Philadelphia 76ers camp today that their new big man Andrew Bynum is going to be shut down for three weeks as he is still feeling some discomfort after offseason knee surgery.
The Celtics have been fortunate to not have any serious injury news like this already in camp.
Aside from Avery Bradley's offseason surgery, and the expected news that he would miss some time in the beginning of the season, the Celtics appear relatively healthy going forward.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers did say that Chris Wilcox would sit out Monday's practice, although he didn't sound concerned.
"Chris is going to sit out today; took a pretty good hit," Rivers said. "Theres no other reason than that."
It's unclear what exactly is bothering Wilcox, but we'll keep an eye on him this week.
As for Bynum, here's a brief report from the Sixers official website:
Today, the Sixers announced that center Andrew Bynum will be withheld from basketball activities for the next 21 days in order to maximize the therapeutic effects of the non-invasive Orthokine therapy that both of his knees underwent last month.He was recently examined by Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health and diagnosed with a bone bruise of the medial femoral chondyle on his right knee.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with crunch time coming in the NHL.
*Jack Todd says that the Hall of Fame needs to reserve a spot for Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov. Is he Hall of Fame material, or Hall of Very Good material?
*The playoff streak is coming to an end for Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Red Wings finish out a lost season.
*Thanks to PHT writer James O’Brien for providing the kind of relaxing hockey moment that any dog lover could appreciate.
*Boston College standout Colin White has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Senators, but it remains to be seen if the entry level contract is coming.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mitch Melnick offers his hot takes about the Canadiens after a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
*The US men’s hockey team may join the women’s team in boycotting the world championships if there isn’t a resolution soon.
*A group of longtime Leafs writers share some of their best stories from the press box.
*In the shameless interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning talking about riding the hot hand with Anton Khudobin.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers wonders if a lopsided loss will snap the Blackhawks out of their malaise.
*Sidney Crosby fires back at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk after he called the NHL star a whiner recently.
*For something completely different: getting to know new CSNPhilly.com baseball analyst John Kruk, who we all should know pretty well at this point.
BOSTON – Like most of the NBA’s Millennials, Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown is active on social media.
But if you holla at him on Twitter or Instagram these days, don’t be surprised if you don’t hear back anytime soon.
That’s because Brown is stepping away from the social media game to better focus on his first postseason journey with the Celtics, which begins next month.
Brown said he isn’t the only player inside the Celtics locker room who has pledged to do things differently leading up to the playoffs.
More than anything, the changes Brown speaks of are symbolic to illustrate the need for everyone to make sacrifices critical for a team’s success.
“I’ve paid attention to that, how a lot of guys are making the sacrifices necessary to add to this team,” Brown said. “Some guys are only drinking water. Some guys are cutting out cursing or other aspects. Some guys have some personal stuff...Everybody is putting themselves in that mind frame to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.”
He added that taking a step back from social media was just one of a handful of changes he has made leading up to the playoffs.
“Some are personal, but some, just being a lot more focused and more locked in, eliminating distractions,” Brown told CSNNE.com. “This generation, we’re so social media dependent. So just eliminating that, filling that in with other stuff whether it’s gym time or film or just time to yourself instead of it being so predicated on the cell phone.”
Brown understands the battle Boston (48-26) is in for the top spot in the East heading into the playoffs and how important getting that would be to this team.
“It means a lot, especially being a rookie from my perspective, being on a team that’s number one seed in the East and being a contributor.” Brown said. “What more could you ask for, coming in to the league, coming into the NBA. It’s been great for me. It’s been a blessing.”
While Brown has had his share of ups and downs as a rookie, there’s no ignoring the fact that he’s progressing at a brisk rate.
“Offensively, I’m getting a little more comfortable scoring the ball; mid-range game, I’m developing,” he said. “Defensively, being in the right spot at the right time, stuff like that. I’ve come a long way and I still have a long way to go.”