DEDHAM — On Tuesday, Danny Ainge, Wyc Grousbeck and Co. covered an array of topics while speaking before the Boston Celtics’ Teeing It Up for Kids golf tournament. The event raised over $100,000 for the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, while giving the media the first chance to talk with several members of the team’s organization since Summer League.
Speculation surrounding the future of point guard Rajon Rondo stole Tuesday’s headlines, but there are still a few remaining items of note that came out of the day as the organization gears up for the start of training camp next week. Here’s a summary of those items.
Faverani could face discipline for DUI charges: Vitor Faverani has spent the offseason recovering from a torn meniscus, but he also ran into a bit of trouble with the law. The second-year center was arrested for driving under the influence in Spain earlier this summer and Danny Ainge told reporters that the center could face some discipline from the team for the behavior.
“We’re still contemplating that [punishment]. There will be some consequences, absolutely, but I won’t make those public,” Ainge said.
Ainge chimed in with an update on Faverani’s health status heading into the season as well.
“Health-wise, his knee has been up and down. He’s been on the court some but he’s still had some challenges. I do expect him to be ready to go by training camp. We’re just being extra cautious with him now, but he’s been on the court playing and doing drills.”
Stevens responds to Wyc’s comments on Rondo: Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck created a stir over the weekend in an interview on WBZ-TV’s Sports Final with his comments about Rondo’s ability to accept coaching.
“I don’t know how coachable he really is…I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], ‘Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,’ he’d say, ‘No, he’s in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.’ It’s hard with him,” Grousbeck said.
When asked about those comments, Brad Stevens had nothing but praise for his point guard.
“I saw a report,” Stevens admitted, “But I didn’t hear the context so it’s hard for me to say what exactly what was said or know exactly what context that was put in [by Grousbeck]. [Rondo’s] been around, he works hard and he’s a guy I’ve really enjoyed coaching.”
Wallace should be ready for start of camp: Veteran forward Gerald Wallace had a pair of surgeries that brought his season to a premature end last year. The ankle and knee procedures were the first two surgeries the 32-year-old has ever had in his life. After having nearly six months to recuperate from both, Ainge is hopeful Wallace will be ready for live action next week.
“I don’t know completely on Gerald. think he’ll be ready to go by training camp, but I haven’t seen Gerald yet. He’s an old, cagey vet. We’ll probably see him on media day when you guys do. I told him to keep it to the designated hitter position on the softball team this summer. No more shortstop and center field,” said Ainge with a smile.
Smart getting early work in against Rondo: Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart has been getting some work in over the past few weeks at the team’s practice facility in Waltham. He talked about his experience matching up against Rondo in the backcourt during some pickup games thus far.
“I’ve been guarding him and he’s been guarding me,” Smart said. “It’s totally different from what I expected it to be. I’ve been saying he’s one of the premier guards and he shows it, and his play shows why he is. Some of the things he does on the court, it’s like, ‘How does he do that?’ So just being able to be around him and learn from him is an amazing feeling.”