On the heels of media day yesterday, there were plenty of entertaining quotes flying around, so here’s a quick roundup of some of the best of the bunch.
“Timing is everything, and chemistry isn’t something you just throw in a frying pan and mix it up with another something, throw something on top of that, put it in a tortilla, put it in a microwave, then give it to you and expect it to taste good,” Garnett said at yesterday’s Celtics media day session. “For those who can cook, they know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.“”
Garnett is clearly the gift that keeps on giving. He’s also right on point here though, as far as this team’s chemistry goes Stay tuned to see if Hayes updates his list.
Jimmy Toscano over at CelticsBlog.com had more KG insight in his great piece, complaining about the rushed start to the regular season by the NBA, along with quotes from Ray and Paul:
“I think what you see, we’re in a rushed league right now,” Kevin Garnett said. “Everybody is paying attention to the Chris Paul situation. I don’t know why everybody is shocked. Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things.
Celtics guard and workout guru Ray Allen shared Garnett’s thoughts.
“I feel very rushed,” he said. “I can’t say that I’ve been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks but I think everybody is in the situation where we just have to do the best with what we have.
“We have to adjust to the situation at hand. It’s a challenge for all of us and we’re all going through it. So there’s nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally.”
Hindsight is 20-20 of course, as Paul Pierce notes.
“Yeah we talked about [feeling rushed],” Pierce said. “This is something that could have been avoided. Especially you see the different trades that are going through, falling through and the disorganization of rosters at this point. There probably should have been a period where you had a free agent signing period, then training camp.
“I just think that the Christmas date was something that was really pushed amongst the players as a key date and that’s why we’ve been rushed the way we’ve been rushed.”
Perhaps Garnett put it best when wrapping up his feelings towards the current NBA situation.
“I’m going to use Doc Rivers’ saying here, and I hate this saying, but you got to get past mad. Come in and do your job. Understand what this is. And that’s what everybody is doing.”
As Rich Keefe told you about yesterday at media day, Marquis Daniels also had an interesting exchange with reporters about his new number 4. Tom Lakin, at ESPN Boston fill us in:
“Actually, it was my first number,” Daniels said, pointing to his left arm. “I had it branded on my arm when I was on AAU. I’m not going to tell you how old I was when I got it, though.”
Oh, come on. It couldn’t have been that long ago.
“I was 11,” Daniels relented. “My older cousins did it. They tricked me … I didn’t know what it was.”
So what hurt more, the brand or last year’s grisly spinal injury?
“Oh, the spine,” Daniels said. “Definitely the spine.”
Finally, one more mention of the repeated interest in Reggie Evans by Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
The Celtics remain in the running for free-agent forward Reggie Evans but they only have the veteran minimum to offer. Evans is seeking a multiyear deal.
Washburn also has the quotes from Keyon Dooling about his fight with Ray Allen a few years back. Our own Rich Keefe was the man who asked this one:
“The Sonics? Is that even a team anymore?’’ Dooling joked. “That’s ancient history. When Ray and I saw each other the next time after the fight, we had a conversation and we embraced each other. It was the heat of the battle. I have a lot more respect for him and he has a lot more respect for me. Sometimes you know a man better when you fight. He’s been nothing but a phenomenal influence since I’ve been here.”’’
Asked who won the fight, Dooling said, “The NBA won, they got all the fine money.’’
More on the way later today…..