Jaylen Brown’s mindset, Robert Williams’ health among Celtics Media Day storylines

The Boston Celtics tip off coaching camp in seven days.

While casual exercises had been going down within the Auerbach Center for a pair weeks now — with small glimpses doping up at the workforce’s social media — the Celtics will huddle for his or her first professional follow when camp starts Tuesday morning.

Player and coaches will congregate en masse one time ahead of that with Monday’s Media Day. The multimedia automotive wash isn’t in most cases considered one of gamers’ favourite days, but it surely does thrust them into uniform and in entrance of microphones to speak about the impending season.

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You’ll be capable to circulation one of the vital Media Day happenings over on our YouTube channel. Here are 4 of the storylines that intrigue us maximum on Monday: 

1. How is Jaylen Brown feeling after dancing in Kevin Durant rumors?

At the peak of the Kevin Durant rumors, Jaylen Brown posted movies of him doing a little wild underwater exercises in California. Was he in a position to carry his breath lengthy sufficient to forget about all of the noise on the floor?

Grant Williams prompt that Brown will come again with a chip on his shoulder after having to listen to his identify in business rumors all over again, however we haven’t heard Brown vocalize his ideas at the month of breathless hypothesis and Boston’s possible hobby in a blockbuster deal.

 

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We’ve heard Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka pressure that they maintained conversation with Brown whilst Durant rumors ruled the August doldrums. Having been on this place ahead of, does Brown shrug all of it off? Do those spins in the course of the rumor mill have an effect on his long-term want to be in Boston?

Once Brown addresses what didn’t occur, we will briefly shift our to consideration to the extra tangible, like what Brown labored in this summer time. Rarely does an offseason go with out Brown coming again with one thing new in his toolbox.

2. Who’s elevating eyebrows heading into coaching camp?

It’s unhealthy to learn an excessive amount of into offseason exercises — and particularly Instagram summer time hype movies — however in most cases there’s a palpable buzz across the gamers that experience made noticeable strides.

Last yr, we discovered it notable how a lot coaches and teammates had been gushing about Al Horford. Remember, Horford was once coming off a stint in Oklahoma City the place he were given close all the way down to leisure his knees and it wasn’t a slam dunk he’d be in Boston’s beginning lineup (shoutout to that one preseason recreation that Juancho Hernangomez began). By the early days of camp, it was once obvious that Horford had discovered a bit of of a fountain of stripling and that he was once going to be a large a part of Boston’s good fortune.

Along the similar strains, there was once some buzz round Grant Williams and he made notable strides ahead of rising as considered one of Boston’s maximum dependable bench items.

Who will get the excitement this yr? Is Sam Hauser able to take the mins left from Danilo Gallinari’s damage? Is Payton Pritchard going to bust thru a taking part in time logjam together with his enhancements? We’re able for some hype trains to depart the station.

3. How is Robert Williams’ knee feeling?

It may have been simply over 100 days since Game 6 of the NBA Finals when the Celtics huddle subsequent week. Everyone at the roster wanted the ones 3-plus months of downtime, however particularly Robert Williams, who rushed again from a meniscus tear to assist Boston’s playoff adventure.

Williams didn’t at all times seem like himself upon getting again at the courtroom not up to a month following the tear, however prolonged leisure will have to have him again to his springy self. Williams had performed in 61 of Boston’s 75 video games ahead of the knee damage and, whilst it’s honest to signify the Celtics will have to tread cautiously given his damage historical past, it says one thing that he was once as dependable as he was once final yr after which fought thru ache to play within the postseason.

 

Even when he hasn’t been absolutely wholesome, Williams has been a game-changer for Boston when he’s at the courtroom. He has an actual probability to compete for Defensive Player of the Year and — whilst acknowledging our persisted Time Lord bias — we will’t lend a hand however ponder whether he might be an All-Star candidate if Boston begins the season robust.

4. What is the workforce’s mindset as the adventure begins anew?

There’s more or less 265 days between Media Day and the top of the NBA Finals. That’s a lot of time, particularly whilst you’re a workforce that may’t prevent occupied with being a couple of mins clear of a 3-1 Finals lead. Sometimes groups undergo a bit of of a championship level hangover. It’s arduous to inspire your self to get again at the treadmill for every other 109-game slog when all you’re occupied with is getting again to the Finals.

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The very best groups have the opportunity to include the adventure. Our thoughts races again to the 2008-09 Celtics, who had each and every reason why to let off the accelerator after elevating Banner 17 in 2008. That workforce was once a natural wrecking ball early within the subsequent marketing campaign. That crew began the yr 27-2 and set the tone within the quest for a repeat (one thing that would possibly have took place if Kevin Garnett didn’t get injured). 

So how does this younger workforce reply to having to hit the reset button? How do those Celtics get started the yr figuring out the East is even higher than it was once a yr in the past? What is their mindset figuring out there’s a goal on their backs? How keen are they to hit the bottom working after their sluggish get started final yr would possibly have contributed to working out of steam overdue?

Monday is the day we commence getting some solutions.

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