The Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas blockbuster happened less than a month ago, and the Celtics’ media day is already 10 days away. Boston announced that they will have their media day on September 25th in Canton.
Celtics officially announce Media Day for Sept. 25. We're just 10 days away people!— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) September 15, 2017
On the 25th we’ll see all the players in their Celtics uniforms. Players will take pictures with each other and talk about the upcoming season, while the coaches and front office executives do the same. What’s most exciting I think are the group photos that the players take. We’ll get to see Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford together. There will probably be a shot of Jaylen Brown with Jayson Tatum, and hopefully we get Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris arm-wrestling or something.
That’s not all though. The Celtics also announced that they’ll start training camp right after media day on September 26th, but that it will take place in Rhode Island.
Celtics will go on the road to build some chemistry for training camp. Three days in Newport, RI starting on Sept. 26.— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) September 15, 2017
According to Scott Souza, this is the first time the Celtics will hold training camp in Rhode Island since the first year Brad Stevens was head coach. The Celtics are only returning four players from last year’s roster in Smart, Horford, Brown, and Terry Rozier, so going on a trip could be beneficial to build chemistry as Brian Robb states in the tweet above.
The last time the Celtics went through this level of roster change was back in 2008, when they traded for both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in the same summer. That team went on a trip to Rome, which helped create team chemistry well before the season started.
While going on a trip like Rome wasn’t feasible given the timing of the Irving trade, having training camp in Rhode Island is probably the best possible move to get the players bonding with one another.
CelticsBlog and CLNS Media will have all video coverage from Media day in Waltham and training camp in Rhode Island.