Yesterday was crazy, intense, and above all surreal. But in the background, some very normal stuff happened as well. Players worked out, minor trades happened, free agents were looking for work.
At some point we'll have to look more in depth at new acquisition Kenyon Dooling, but I think the gist of it is that he's a decent backup point guard that can play defense but isn't the best shooter. Funny, sounds like the same skillset as the other two point guards on the team, just to a different degree.
Also, it sounds like Jermaine O'Neal is itching and ready to prove that he's healthy and ready to contribute. He better be.
O’Neal made it clear that any lingering aches and pains from his injury-plagued 2010-2011 season are a thing of the past. "Physically I couldn’t feel any better than I feel right now," he said. "When I came back [in last year’s playoffs] I had some back spasms, but my knee felt pain-free. I wanted to really challenge myself this summer to see just how much my body could take. I felt like I did that. I wanted to get as strong as possible, as fit as possible, and I put in a lot of time. To be honest, I really didn’t take much time off at all." As for a wrist injury suffered in the postseason, O’Neal said he decided against surgery on his fractured left wrist because the long recovery process would have likely been career-ending.
For those asking about Delonte West and Leon Powe, ...well, don't hold your breath (sorry, I'm sad about it too).
A source close to Delonte West said that the free agent guard, who suffered through an injury-plagued season with the C’s last year, hopes to decide on a team either today or tomorrow morning. . . . Though Leon Powe had expressed interest in a return to the Celtics [team stats], his first NBA team, the interest apparently isn’t mutual. The power forward likely will return to the team he finished last season with – the Grizzlies. "I talked to (the Celtics) a while ago, but they’re not interested," agent Aaron Goodwin said. "I think he’d like to go back to Memphis. He was able to get some minutes there."
What will this first official day of free agency bring? Expect more of the surreal.