First, Romeo Langford’s right thumb was the problem. He had surgically repaired prior to the Celtics drafting him after tearing a tendon during his freshman year at Indiana.
Now, it’s his groin. Langford told Tom Westerholm of MassLive he tweaked it.
Gordon Hayward was asked about the rookie’s play throughout camp prior to the report and was caught off-guard by the question. He did reveal Langford has yet to take part in any 5-on-5 action.
The Celtics rookie “expects to be fine.”
Here are some other notes from the second day of Celtics Training Camp:
—Kemba Walker’s college coach, Jim Calhoun, was on hand. The former UConn men’s basketball coach explained why the guard decided to make the move to Boston.
“He’s a hungry guy,” Calhoun said. “He wants to win. I know in talking to him last season, (I asked him) ‘What’s going to make your mind up? Because it’s your decision. (It’s) certainly not anybody else’s.’ He says, ‘Winning. I want to win. I’m at that point in my career — God’s been good and I’ve made money, but I want to win.’ . . . I talked to Brad (Stevens) and Danny (Ainge) today, who I know pretty well, and he’s here to win. That’s his whole goal, is to win.”
—Stevens said the rookies have shown a lot of promise in the first couple days. Carsen Edwards has “hit a bunch of shots” in scrimmages.
“They should have a pretty good feel for our techniques that we’re teaching, our verbiage. How we go about things,” Stevens said. “Summer League, plus the opportunity to work with our coaches again in individual work, I think, is all very beneficial to that. It gives you the comfort level as we start practice.
“And then I just want to see who can add value to winning. We don’t need to see everything that everybody can do on every possession, we just need to try to win that possession and a lot of these guys bring good things to the table.”
—Enes Kanter said Gordon Hayward is going to “shock the world this year.”
“He’s back,” Kanter said. “He’s 100% back.”
Hayward confirmed he feels fine, like he did all summer.
“I feel good. The past few days have been great,” Hayward said. “The body feels 100%. It’s been really good getting out there back with the guys, playing 5-on-5.”
Stevens also added, “The investment (Hayward made has) been well-documented over the summer. And you can see it.”
—Kanter also revealed the nickname he’s given Tacko Fall: The Senegalese Dirk. As in Dirk Nowitzki.
“He’s got that one-legged, stepback, fadeaway shot,” Kanter said. “He can actually make that. Pretty shot.”
At one point during their one-on-one work, Fall drilled Kanter in the face while going to the basket. It shocked the veteran for a second, but he got back to work fairly quickly. Though, Kanter did have a little blood on his shirt after their workout.
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