Punctuated by news of the David West-to-Pacers deal, Boston’s third “practice” of the season just wrapped up here in Waltham. Only Ray Allen, Doc Rivers, and new signee Chris Wilcox spoke to the media, but a few notable tidbits came to light:
—Rajon Rondo sprained his right ankle during the middle of practice. Rondo was attempting a shot and came down on a defender’s foot. Doc says the injury is “not serious” but obviously the team is being cautious with him.
— Paul Pierce did not practice for the second straight day with a sore right heel he suffered during Friday’s first practice. Like Rondo, the team is understandably being cautious with Pierce, but Doc maintains the injury is not a big deal.
—The team had intended to do a full court scrimmage with NBA referees, but didn’t have enough bodies once Rondo went down with the injury.
—Chris Wilcox held court with the media for the first time today. The veteran forward/center was open about how excited he was to come play for Boston and have a chance to make the playoffs, something he hasn’t done over the length of his career.
— No rookies at practice again, and still no Jeff Green or Brandon Bass either as they wait for their paperwork to be finalized by the league. The hold up on the rookies may have been over a potential inclusion in the JO/West deal, but we should know more about their potential future with the team tomorrow at practice, (where they’ll either be suited up or not). It’s important to point out that those guys can’t be traded for 30 days after they sign their deals, which may explain their absence.
—Green will practice tomorrow and speak to the media for the first time.
Full quotes on the way later this evening……