Romeo Langford, who has been on the mend due to various injuries since the Boston Celtics took him with the 14th pick in this past NBA Draft, seems to finally be fully healthy and ready to make his preseason debut Friday night against the Orlando Magic.
Langford has dealt with his share of bumps and bruises to start his NBA career. He first had to recover from surgery on a torn ligament in his right thumb that he suffered in college and made him unable to play in the Summer League. Then, a groin injury prevented him from participating in live action drills during training camp and he sat out the C’s first preseason contest Sunday versus the Charlotte Hornets.
With those injuries now behind him, Langford can’t wait to show why the Celtics took him with their first pick.
“Really just excited to play finally,” said Langford per the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “It’s my first time playing in a real game in a long time. I’m just ready to get out there. It’s going to be a real good time.”
Romeo Langford: "Really just excited to play finally. It’s my first time playing in a real game in a long time. I’m just ready to get out there. It’s going to be a real good time."— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 10, 2019
It has indeed been a long time since Langford last played in a game, which came on March 14 in the Big Ten Tournament. In his only season at Indiana University, the 6-foot-6 forward played in 32 games and averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
“I think the game comes easy to him,” Brad Stevens says of Romeo Langford. Langford is likely to make his preseason debut tomorrow night.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 10, 2019
Langford’s horrendous 27.2 percent 3-point shooting in college is well documented and his shooting form will definitely draw the eyes of observers in his debut along with how he fits into the rotation with the C’s possessing a bevy of talented wing players.
“I think the game comes easy to him,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens of Langford. “He’s got to learn a lot about the NBA and all the places he needs to be at the right times, but as far as making instinctual plays, playing against closeouts, playing different settings offensively and defensively, he’s got good instincts.”
Daniel Theis, who also missed the preseason-opener against the Hornets, should be back from an abductor strain as Stevens said everyone on the C’s roster practiced Thursday and will be available versus the Magic.