Danny Ainge: Both Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward will be full speed for camp
With LeBron headed out West to play for the Lakers, the Boston Celtics are the de facto favorites in the Eastern Conference. That became more of a fact after Danny Ainge did an interview with ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.
Speaking on the health of his two stars, Ainge gave positive news:
“I don’t want to hype it up too much, but I’m saying that if our training camp were starting today that they would be here today going full speed,” Ainge said. “It’s not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month, so they are sort of pacing themselves. They’re playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp [Sept. 26]….
“They’ll both be here within the next week or so; by the time Labor Day is over, they will all be playing 5-on-5,” Ainge said of Irving and Hayward. “I think it’s just a matter of, if they’re not playing 5-on-5 now, then it’s only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess. They’re doing everything — dunking the basketball off both legs and playing one-on-one live and jumping and cutting and defending. I’m excited for them.”
Boston has built a contender, team that’s a mix of veterans and youth, offensive versatility and fierce defenders, a team that should be on top of the East (or close to it) for five years or more.
No matter that status of Irving, who is a free agent after this coming season, the Celtics have a young core they can build around–Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown among others.