The Boston Celtics’ 2019 Media Day has arrived, which means the countdown to the regular season is on. Before the Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers on October 23 to open the 2019-20 regular season, there is still plenty of work to be done, but Gordon Hayward and the new-look Celtics are ready for a fresh start to open training camp.
For G-Time, he is feeling confident and fully healthy entering this season after a full offseason of training, something he was unable to accomplish heading into last season. Being able to perform his usual offseason training routine bodes well for the Celtics this season because Gordon will be able to hit the court at full speed in training camp and at the start of the regular season.
“I feel really good,” Hayward said. “Having the summer to be able to get as many reps in as I did was really important, more for me mentally than anything. I think what gives you confidence is practice, and repetition, doing things over-and-over, and this summer was a summer that I could get back to how I like to train.”
In addition to having Gordon at full strength entering training camp, the Cs have added a few new faces to the roster, including two pivotal free agent signings in Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter. The former is an ideal replacement for Kyrie Irving at the point guard position, and Walker’s athleticism should provide Boston with a dynamic presence in the backcourt.
“(Kemba Walker) is another guy that can really change the pace for us, maybe one of the quickest guys with the ball in the league” Hayward said. “(Kemba is) a tremendous basketball player and somebody that’s going to be easy to play with.”
Kemba’s style should mesh well with Hayward and the rest of the Celtics’ young core, including Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Meanwhile, the addition of Kanter in the frontcourt should help Boston mightily on the boards. Kanter has been a double-double machine over the last two seasons, compiling 71 games with a double-double since the start of the 2017-18 season.
“(Kanter) will be a fan-favorite,” Hayward said. “He’s going to bring a lot of energy, and it’s amazing how things in the NBA come full-circle. We played together for three years in Utah, and I think there’s probably some funny pictures of both of us back in those days. We certainly have grown up since then a lot, and I’m looking forward to having him on the team. He’s a workhorse and one of the best offensive rebounders in the league and also is pretty good on the block.”
After a disappointing early exit from the playoffs last season, Gordon Hayward and the rest of the Celtics continued to put the work in and build for the coming season. The signings of Walker and Kanter, along with the additions of a slew of rookies, will bolster an already talented core as the Celtics look to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference this season. Fully healthy and highly confident after an offseason full of training, Gordon and the Celtics look poised to be a threat in the East once again.
While winning is never easy in the NBA, Gordon, Kemba and the rest of the Celtics are locked in and ready to go as the 2019-20 season gets underway.