WALTHAM - After spending the past week bonding in Istanbul and Milan while getting lots of love from EuroCeltics Nation, the Boston Celtics are back to grinding away in training camp.
After going for more than two hours at the practice facility on Wednesday, a drenched Kevin Garnett provided insight into how grueling practice had been.
"Tough practice today," Garnett said. "It was hard, a very physical practice but a very good one. It felt like a playoff practice today."
Indeed, the plan gong into Wednesday's practice was to work the team pretty hard after giving them Monday (a travel day) and Tuesday off.
"We ran them a lot," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "It was a hard practice. I thought we needed it off the trip. We took two days off which you never do in training camp. And I think we have to get in better shape. With all those, you have a hard practice."
Rivers said the team had a couple of good practices overseas, "but overall, everything was shorter. You had to be careful because guys were still jet-lagged. So the trip was good for us. Now we can get back to work."
Avery Bradley (recovery from shoulder surgeries) and Chris Wilcox (back) did not practice. There is still no timetable for when they will resume full team participation.
As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared.
The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.
A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in.
All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.
And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.