Humphries unhappy with playing time

Humphries unhappy with playing time
November 16, 2013, 9:30 am
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BOSTON — Kris Humphries was joking around recently about him, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans joining a YMCA team so they could play in some games.

The NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement won't allow such a thing to happen, but that's besides the point.

Humphries wants to play somewhere, even if it means leaving Boston.

He's not quite ready to demand a trade, but it's clear that the lack of playing time and erratic minutes he has played is weighing on him.

The 6-foot-9 veteran did not play (coaches decision) in Boston's 109-96 loss to Portland on Friday, his fifth DNP-CD this season.

"I'm just waiting for a break or an opportunity to get in there more consistently," Humphries told "It would have been great to have played better (Wednesday) night and us win. That would help. But as a guy playing inconsistent minutes, it's not going to happen every night for you. You have to try and make it happen and do whatever you can to help your team win."

The 28-year-old veteran has appeared in five games this season, averaging four points and 2.8 rebounds while playing 11 minutes per game.

But in the rebuilding process that the Celtics are currently in, there's always some form of collateral damage along the way.

That would be Humphries who has performed well enough at times to play more, but not well enough to where he has stood head and shoulders above two of the Celtics more promising young big men Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.

While he has often thought about what he has to do in order to get more minutes in Boston, he hasn't asked for a trade.

"That's why players have agents," Humphries said. "We just have to as players, focus on what we can control. If you sit there and say, 'hey I want a trade,' it's going to take away from the team and what you're trying do to."

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has praised Humphries often for his professionalism and work ethic throughout training camp and into the regular season.

And while it's clear that Humphries doesn't fit into the regular rotation now, the parity of so many players on this roster makes it such that everyone has to be ready to play every night.

"It's been tough. I'm here so that's what I'm focused on," Humphries said. "I'm playing some 4 (power forward) now, which I think will help out a little bit. But nothing has ever been easy for me. I'e always had shorter-term deals, always had to prove myself."

That's essential to any NBA player's life, even more so in the final year of a contract which is where Humphries is right now.

For now, Humphries isn't giving much thought to his contract status or the fact that he has played so sparingly.

Instead, he's trying to keep himself as ready as possible for any opportunity he gets to play.

"Every experience you try to take positives from it," Humphries said. "This is my tenth year and I'm still learning. There's positives to come out of every situation."