By: Rich Levine
OAKLAND The Celtics are ready to kick off the second half of the season against the Warriors, but before they do, Doc Rivers met with the media to discuss injuries, trades and, of course, Carmelo Anthony.
Heres a quick look at what Doc had to say:
On Shaquille ONeal whos rehabbing his injured Achilles down in Florida:
Hes just doing rehab. We have our guy down there with him and hes just working out. Were not (in Boston), and we have our guy down there, so we dont care where hes at, as long as hes doing it.
On when they expect Shaq back:
Im hoping after we get back (to Boston), maybe even join us on the trip. So hes close. Weve had a couple conversations, and hes feeling a lot better; hes working out every day. He looks good. His weights down from when he got injured. So hes doing all the right stuff.
On Delonte West returning to the court:
Hes healthy, as far as his hand but Im sure theres got to be a little fear with his hand. The first day he came back, he hurt it, so you just hope he plays through and isnt tentative. Its something to watch.
On the new look Knicks:
Theyre pretty good. Its a heck of a trade. It was a good trade for both teams. I thought Denver got everything they could possibly get in the deal. And the Knicks did a good job as well. They got Carmelo and Corey Brewer and Chauncey Biillups. So that makes things more interesting.
On the lack of chemistry for the second unit:
Nothing you can do about it. We dont have it together yet. Well figure out how to try and get around that when we eventually do have them together. We need to get them together, though. Were losing time in that way, and thats my biggest concern.
On, if they were to make a trade, how hard it would be to integrate a new player into the second unit:
It wouldnt be that hard because the second unit doesnt have any chemistry. Obviously, Thursday is coming, and well be glad when its come and gone. Were not that involved with a lot of things. But were looking.