By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON The Boston Celtics have filled the one glaring hole in their roster by adding veteran point guard Carlos Arroyo.
To make room for Arroyo, the Celtics opted to not pick up a second 10-day contract for Chris Johnson.
The addition of Arroyo speaks volumes about the Celtics mindset, which is clearly to win it all - right now.
Boston's need for a veteran backup point guard became apparent after Delonte West suffered a sprained ankle injury earlier this week at Utah.
The injury has kept him sidelined since then. And while he is expected to return as early as next week, the C's were becoming more concerned that his knack for getting banged up this season might become an issue in the playoffs.
The addition of Arroyo gives the Celtics a point guard whose strongsuit - passing - is similar to the man he will be playing behind, Rajon Rondo.
In addition, Arroyo is well versed on how to play with superstars.
Arroyo was recently waived by the Miami Heat, a team he began the season with as a starter alongside Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
However, Arroyo soon fell out of favor and found himself buried on the Heat bench.
Miami, sensing a need to upgrade at that position, waived him and immediately added Mike Bibby as his replacement.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”
Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . . he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”