Team-first concept carries over to summer
Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesCeltics rookies Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo are learning fast that individual accolades are secondary to team success. Here they team up against the Atlanta Hawks during summer league play in Las Vegas.
"We had Orlando and coming to Vegas, I think that gave us kind of like an edge, because we had chemistry already," Joseph said on Monday. "We played a whole week together, so it's great. We came out here, all we're trying to do is win basketball games and we've been able to do that so far.
"At the end of the day, I'm just trying to play basketball. If you start thinking [about securing a roster spot] you can start to get a little overanxious. I'm just trying to play ball the way I know how, the way I've been doing it, and that's what it's been so far, just playing well, playing within myself and the team concept."
Joseph hyperextended his left knee in the first half of Tuesday's win over the Bulls. Even after a day off Wednesday, he'll most likely be questionable for Thursday's evening bout with the Sacramento Kings. Earlier in the week, Joseph stressed the importance of remaining immune to the pressure of trying to secure a long-term job.
"I don't feel pressure, I don't put pressure on myself, just because it's just basketball. At the end of the day, I want to have fun doing this. It's something I've been doing my whole life," he said.
Celtics Summer League coach Tyronn Lue deserves credit for keeping his club focused on winning over personal accolades, saying earlier in the week that he and his staff won't hesitate to tell a player when he's stepped away from the team concept.
"We don't care about missed shots, we don't care about turnovers," Lue explained. "We want to play hard, play together and just be aggressive. If you mess up, we don't care about that. We want you to play the right way, play hard. If you're doing too much, we'll let you know."
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