Boston Celtics: MediaDay2012
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Media Day is a three-hour blizzard of activity as all 18 players on the Celtics' training camp roster (along with owners, coaches, and general managers) shuttle around the team's practice facility for various obligations, including photo shoots, autograph signings, TV and radio spots, and press conferences with the media.
Let's boil down the activity and give you some of the other highlights from Friday afternoon's marathon that serves as a mere kickoff before the team settles in for two-a-day workouts starting on Saturday:
* Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team does not currently plan to have the biannual exception ($1.9 million) available this season because the team has already committed nearly $72 million to contracts entering training camp (and must stay under the $74.3 million luxury-tax apron after using the full value of the midlevel exception to sign Jason Terry). If Boston elects to hold onto the biannual exception, it's another resource available next offseason to lure a player above a minimum contract.
* The Celtics are starting to look like a football team with their jersey numbers. Newly signed center Darko Milicic elected for No. 99 (this after veteran center Jason Collins claimed No. 98 earlier this offseason). Training camp invites Micah Downs (55) and Rob Kurz (63) have high numbers as well. Blame all those numbers hanging in the rafters.
* Asked how his NBA odyssey brought him to Boston, Darko showed his sense of humor by deadpanning: "I flew from Serbia on a plane." Later, when asked about overcoming the expectations as the No. 2 pick in a loaded 2003 draft, Darko admitted, "Those guys [drafted around him] are [expletive] animals. LeBron [James], [Dwyane] Wade -- all those guys, they are great players. For me to prove people wrong, I have to get 100 points and 50 rebounds per game. All I was thinking in my career was for people to let me be the best I can be, not be the second pick. Just being the best I can be."
* Jason Terry hasn't conducted an offseason interview without providing at least one entertaining quote. He had a bunch of them on Friday, but the most noteworthy was a one-word answer when asked to compare his game to departed Ray Allen. "Who?" Terry quipped with a big smile. He soon added, "We’re two different players and hopefully I’ll bring something that Ray didn’t, and some of the things he did. Obviously, Ray was a great player for this franchise for years, brought them a championship in '08, but again, our games are totally different. He’s 6-5, I’m 6-2; But I am the JET and I like to fly. We’ll see what happens but a lot of those comparisons will be thrown out there. We’re two totally different players."
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