Monday, October 18, 2010
Practice notes: Frank at the helm
By Peter May
AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.Celtics coach Doc Rivers missed Monday's session a day after undergoing throat surgery.
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Here are some notes from Monday's Celtics practice:
Coach Doc Rivers was not at practice, having had an outpatient throat procedure at a Boston hospital on Sunday. Basically, he’s day to day. Top assistant Lawrence Frank filled in and, for probably the only time this season, addressed the media. (Rivers doesn’t allow his assistants to talk to the press.)
"He feels good, but the doctor doesn't want him using his voice, so it will kind of be day-to-day," Frank said at practice nothing the surgery, which had been planned, was expected to relieve pressure on Rivers' vocal chords. Rivers is home resting his voice.
Frank, who was fired last season as head coach of the Nets, said his new job is “an ideal situation because we can just do our jobs and not have to worry about anything else ... It’s a rare environment. I’ve been on teams that got to the Finals and on teams that have been rebuilding and you appreciate an environment like this.”
After he was through, Frank said, “Sorry to bore you. I hope Doc is back soon. Have a great day.”
Delonte West (back injury) did not practice. Frank said the team is taking it slowly with West, who has to miss the first 10 games of the season anyway due to a league suspension
Marquis Daniels (shoulder soreness) participated in non-contact drills only.
No update on rookie Avery Bradley, who is having trouble with his left ankle. Bradley appeared in three exhibition games, but was noticeably slowed by the ankle. Frank said the team will re-assess the situation.