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Summer league: Learning on the fly

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  July 2, 2010 10:40 PM

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Leo Papile, Ryan McDonough and Ainge put the team together and the group of invites is pretty diverse. There's the Belarusian big man Art Parkahouski. There's the resiliant DeShawn Sims. There's Ryan Wittman, who's NBA pedigree is well-documented. There's also late add Matt Janning, the Northeastern standout.

Celtics president Danny Ainge said, "Our objective in the summer league is to just evaluate a lot of players and see how they play."

The question is how do you impress in such a short amount of time?

"You impress by how hard you work, your consistency and effort," Danny Ainge said. "You’ve got to produce to a certain degree, but for all these guys here it really starts with how hard they work. That’s how they’re going to survive. We don’t have any all-stars in this group, they’re guys that are trying to make it on the team."

Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney had a leg-up on their teammates, having spent two months with on the Celtics' bench. But over the next week, the Celtics will get a good look at each player.

"We're excited about quite a few of these guys," Austin Ainge said. "They're all fighting for a spot in our training camp or showcasing themselves for another team."

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