After months of being in limbo; NBA teams throughout the Association are hustling right now, trying to get their rosters together and their players in shape for the opening of the regular season on Christmas Day. One of the teams that will play on December 25, are the Boston Celtics who travel to Madison Square Garden to play the first of five nationally broadcast games. The “Boston Herald” has reported that the Celtics “Big Three” All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen told members of the media that they are not very happy with the pace that training camp and the exhibition season have had to assume in order to get the season started on Christmas Day.
Pierce told reporters that he feels things did not need to unfold this way. The All-Star forward said “This is something that could have been avoided, especially (when) you see all the different trades falling through and the disorganization of rosters at this point. There probably should have been a period where you had a free agent signing period then training camp.”
Allen also complained about the tempo, but he said that he and his teammates were just doing what they needed to do to get ready in time. He said “I feel very rushed. I can’t say that I’ve been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks but I think everybody’s in the situation where we just have to do the best with what we have.”
Garnett told media members that a great team needs some time for players to get used to each other. The veteran said “We’re in a rush league right now. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something and throw something on top of that and fry it up, put it in a tortilla, put it in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste great. For those who can cook you’ll know what I’m talking about.”
Does not sound like the “Big Ticket” is going to get his own show soon on the Food Channel.