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October 8, 2014 Updates

At media day, Vitor Faverani considered himself at full strength. Despite knee surgery that ended his rookie season, he stressed he had returned to the Boston Celtics in “perfect” form. But since training camp began the center has experienced nothing but setbacks. According to head coach Brad Stevens, Faverani has already undergone two MRIs on his surgically-repaired left knee. Nothing specific or new has been uncovered, Stevens said Wednesday night before meeting the Knicks in preseason action, “but there has been something that people have said: ‘Hey we need to take another look at him.’ So he’s going to get looked at again. By Saturday I think I’ll have a lot more information for everybody on it.” Booth Newspapers

Faverani endured swelling after the first day of training camp and has only returned to practice for brief segments since. “He could be (losing ground),” Stevens said. “But he’s frustrated because he had hopes – and we all had hopes – that he would have come back and been able to just go. And the couple times that he tried to go, his knee swelled up. We hope to have more information for at least our near-term plan of attack in the next three or four days.” Booth Newspapers

"He's got the green light because he can get hot," said Stevens. "We scrimmaged the other day and [Thornton] got a 3-pointer in transition, then a layup in transition. [Rookie] James Young left his body on the next possession and I told James, ‘You give that guy -- after he just saw the ball go through the net twice -- another shot? Nine times out of 10 he’s going to make it.’ There’s a few guys like that in the league. And we saw that last year with Jordan [Crawford] a little bit. When Jordan got going -- Jordan’s percentages weren’t always great -- but when he got going, the rim seemed like the ocean. That’s what Marcus can do for you. And we need him to do that." ESPN.com

Dribble penetration was a major issue for the Celtics last season, but Smart’s ability to move through screens should allow Boston’s often-undersized back line to stay at home instead of scrambling with help. And Smart is active with his hands, which helped him generate three steals Monday while disrupting passing lanes. “I’ve coached a lot of really bright guys at a lot of different ages. Very, very, very few at 20 years old can see the game and react to the game defensively like that,” Stevens said of Smart. “He has the ability to react athletically, too. He can really move. He’s very physical. I’ve said this before, he was really well coached, and combine that with the fact that he’s got a good savvy for the game.” ESPN.com

October 7, 2014 Updates

The Rockets are widely expected to take a step back this season, thanks to all the depth they squandered on the Bosh dice roll, but they expect to have significant salary-cap room next summer -- when they can chase point guards as accomplished as Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo if they choose -- as well as in the summer of 2016. Which is when, sources say, they'd like to give Harden an opportunity to serve as Houston's lead recruiter in the pursuit of a free agent named Kevin Wayne Durant. ESPN.com

October 6, 2014 Updates

You might think Gerald Wallace would be trying to bust his way out of town. You might think that, at 32 and in his 14th NBA season, he would rather be on a club with a chance to compete for a championship than playing it out as a fringe rotational guy for a team that figures to be rebuilding for a while. Think again. “I don’t want to go nowhere else,” said Wallace, whose days as “Crash” may be numbered as he comes back from knee and ankle surgeries. “I’m happy here. I’m content here with these guys.” Boston Herald

“When I’m in the locker rooms with the guys, I always try to explain to them how to prioritize when you’re in college,” said Bass. “I tell them you’ve got to put school first, basketball second, and then the girls. If you flip it all the way around, you’ll be at LSU for a couple more years or you won’t be able to live your dreams in the NBA and you’ll be in the neighborhood leagues.” Basketball Insiders

October 5, 2014 Updates

Daniels did return to the game and last played for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2012-13 season. On Sunday he visited his old stomping grounds at the Celtics training facility to explore a new career on the sidelines. The 10-year veteran has already made stops with the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. “I always had a knack for it,” he said. “(I) just wanted to be involved with trying to develop stuff, Xs and Os, just seeing how it goes. I’ve been getting a lot of advice from different coaches, just going around getting a feel for it.” Basketball Insiders

"Guys like Rondo come along only every 20 years," Cousy said. "So I would do everything I could to keep him." Rondo's contract expires at the end of the season, and he said that he'd like to remain in Boston, but there's no guarantee of that, especially if the Celtics post another losing season and another team offers him a maximum contract. So Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will have to decide before the February trading deadline if he should deal him. "Obviously," Cousy said, "you don't want to lose a talent like that and get nothing for him. I'm a big Ainge fan. I think Danny has done an excellent job since he's been there. He's a hard worker, he's a good guy, he's smart. If he really thinks he's going, then sure try to salvage something." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Rather than try and strike a deal to get jersey No. 2 from Miller, which is what players often do, Smith has opted to instead wear the number worn by one of his favorite players. “I got a chance to know Rajon and follow him my sophomore year. I'm a big fan of his game," Smith told WDRB-41 in Louisville, Kentucky. "When coach (former Celtics coach and current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino) asked me to watch film of point guards, he (Rondo) was one of the first people that I watched, along with Steve Nash, to help me prepare for my senior season.” Smith said as much in June when he was in town to work out for the Celtics. "Believe it or not, he's actually my favorite point guard," Smith said at the time. "I'm a score-first guy and been a score-first guy my whole life. But I like his poise, the way he gets into the lane. He's able to find people and the way he's able to pass the ball ... a lot of people can't do that." CSNNE.com

Rondo’s injury is similar to the one Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained twice. The first time Love allowed it to heal without surgery, and after a second fracture, he underwent surgery. Love sustained the first fracture in October 2012 during knuckle pushups and the second time he fractured the third metacarpal in January 2013 in a collision with Denver’s Kenneth Faried. “I anticipate that it’s going to get back to 100 percent,” Shin said. “I see these types of fractures all the time. I’m sure they got the bone fragment together perfectly and fixed it well to allow for early range of motion. I think he’ll have a great result and be back in 6-8 weeks.” Boston Globe


How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.


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