What is the most intriguing Boston Celtics training camp story line?

Darren McCollester

Training camp doesn't start until October 1st, but it's never too early to think about the potential story lines heading into training camp. For ESPN.com's final installation of its "Summer Forecast," Chris Forsberg asked Celtics bloggers, "what is the most intriguing story line at camp?"

For me, the answer is quite easy: Brad Stevens and how he integrates his philosophy. Here is my full response:

Summer Forecast: Camp fires - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston
Kevin O'Connor, CelticsBlog (Stevens' philosophies):  After Brad Stevens was hired the Boston Celtics, I wrote an in-depth article outlining his coaching philosophy. More than anything else, Stevens values preparation over actual results. He believes that the results take care of themselves if you work hard in practice, so I look forward to seeing how he integrates his philosophy, which runs counter to Doc Rivers' philosophy. If you remember, Doc preached that Miami was the only team the Celtics had to get through, and he even put a blank banner in the practice facility as motivation for where title No. 18 would be displayed. I look forward to seeing if Stevens reversing a lot of these concepts and if it benefits this young roster in training camp.

In the aforementioned article I posted in early July, I felt one of the most intriguing things about Stevens was his concept of "we not me." It reminded me quite a lot of "Ubuntu," which was a philosophy that helped the Celtics win the championship in 2008. However, the key difference between Stevens and Doc Rivers is the fact that Doc seemed to focus on goals, whereas Stevens focuses on preparation. In fact, Stevens often goes out of his way to make a point that he never preaches goals. He believes that if you prepare properly, the results will take care of themselves.

That is not to discount Doc's ability to prepare his team, but last year when Doc said, "we are only preparing for Miami," I was a bit concerned because over time I have noticed that if you look too far ahead, you'll often miss out on things that are happening in the moment. And in sports terms, if a team is looking forward to the NBA Finals in June, they might end up having a bad regular season or fall short in the playoffs. I think we saw that happen last year with the Celtics and their subpar start.

On the court, I'm curious to see how he uses his current personnel. This is obvious. There are so many new players, so no one really knows what type of offense Stevens will integrate. Your guess is as good as mine, but I would predict that we'll see a bit more of an up-tempo style. This roster has a lot of athleticism that should be put to good use.

Bill Sy went in-depth with this thought in his response:

Summer Forecast: Camp fires - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston
Bill Sy, CelticsBlog (How do new faces fit in?): I want to see how the former Nets fit in. There's still a lot of basketball left in Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, and Keith Bogans, but they all know they're renting and not buying in Boston. With the team obviously in rebuild mode, and Wallace's and Humphries' contracts more valuable at this point than what they can bring to the court, it'll be interesting to see how Stevens utilizes them. They'll need to be showcased -- especially Wallace -- if Danny Ainge is going to get another GM interested in their services, though they'd make nice additions to a team making a run at a championship. MarShon Brooks could be an X-factor of the team. In my opinion, he's a great candidate for a sixth-man role. Even though he looks like a throw-in in the trade, don't be surprised if he carves out some playing time with this young squad. He can score off the bench and play both off guard and small forward. He'll need to prove that he can utilize his athleticism and length on defense, but if he can get gritty, look out.

Bill brings up a great point about being able to showcase some of these new veteran players, especially someone like Gerald Wallace. Let's be real, no matter how great Wallace is this season, he has no spot on this team in the future. But if Wallace gets back to the way he produced in 2010 or 2011, the Celtics could potentially deal him to a contender at the trade deadline. This might be wishful thinking, but don't discount the things a team will do in order to win a championship; it's worth it!

What is the most intriguing Boston Celtics training camp story line in your eyes? Let us know with a comment below!

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