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KG: I talked to Russ a couple times about personal s–t—real recognize real—but I respect his talent. I respect his appetite. We have a similar background. We have a similar path, if you will. I played with guys like Steph [Marbury] when we were super best friends, and he left, and that left an immediate mark and impacted me in a certain way that I looked at teammates different after that. The ones that stuck—Malik [Sealy], Sam Mitchell, Joe Smith, Gary Trent, Trenton Hassell, Troy Hudson—those guys became real friends with me after that because of that situation.
Hassell’s financial advisor Jeff Cates said they’ve been talking to a couple of NBA teams, but nothing firm has come up yet. Of course, the hope is Hassell lands with a winner. He’s participated in the postseason just once, and made it all the way to the 2004 Western Conference Finals with the Timberwolves. But they fell to the Lakers in six games.
With training camp less than two weeks away, a handful of players were at the Celtics practice facility yesterday working out for team president Danny Ainge. Adam Morrison, Rashad McCants, Trenton Hassell, and Cuttino Mobley were a few of the names that rung out. “Just taking a look before training camp,’’ Ainge said. “Those guys are all good NBA players. I thought all four guys looked very good, actually.’’
“McCants looked really good,” Ainge said. “He shot the ball well, he competed at a high level. I’m really surprised that he’s not in the NBA right now. Same with Adam Morrision, making shots, making passes. The guys looked hungry they looked fit. And that’s with Hassel and Mobley too. Mobley for being out of basketball the last couple years the guy really knows how to play.” Ainge also confirmed he was considering former Nets assistant Roy Rodgers to replace the Celtics former big man coach Clifford Ray. “Nothing’s finalized but we’ve had conversations,” Ainge said.
The Celtics have 15 players under contract, but Ainge is still keeping an eye out for shooters. Training camp starts Sept. 28 in Waltham. “We’re looking to bring the best 15 guys in, and probably some more,” Ainge said. “We’ll probably have some younger guys to evaluate in the camp process. We’re trying to give the veterans and idea where they’re at. We’re to look at everybody that might be available.”
With training camp less than two weeks away, a handful of players were at the Celtics practice facility today working out for Celtics president Danny Ainge. Adam Morrison, Rashad McCants, Trenton Hassell, and Cuttino Mobley were a few of the names that rung out. “Just taking a look before training camp,” Ainge said. “Those guys are all good NBA players. I thought all four guys looked very good actually. It was a very good workout.”