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BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics were one of twenty-two NBA franchises to hold their annual Media Day on Monday afternoon and, as to be expected, there were a number of new faces floating around the team's Waltham-based facilities. 

With a retooled roster and a new head coach in place, today's festivities gave us a better feel for what to expect during the 2013-14 campaign. Whether it be injury updates, goals for the season, or simply just getting to know the new members of the organization, we certainly learned a lot as we went through the motions of yet another Celtics Media Day. 

To start, Gerald Wallace is in fact alive everybody. For the first time since he was acquired by the team in late June, the 31-year old veteran made his first appearance in front of the media as a member of the Boston Celtics. 

Unfortunately it wasn't exactly an appearance that you would typically write home about. 

According to numerous sources, Wallace found out for the first time today that the Cs would be kicking off their preseason in exactly a week from now (hopefully someone informed him that practice begins tomorrow). And in addition to being oblivious to the team's schedule, the 6-7 forward just seemed completely uninterested in what was going on around him. One member of the media that was present even described him as looking like "he just woke up." 
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But apparently every opinion of Wallace's disinterest that has been formulated couldn't be any further from the truth. 

"I'm very happy to be here. Especially since these guys are looking forward to getting started," stated Wallace. "I think the main thing that a lot of people have taken out of this is that I didn't want to come, I didn't want to be here, I didn't want to be a part of it. But that's so far from the truth."

Wallace went on to explain why he was so distant from the team during the summer. 

"Being a veteran in this league for 13 years, I've been traded three times in the last four years," Wallace said. "This trade kind of caught me off guard. I didn't see it coming and I didn't know nothing about it. I already had obligations to my [basketball] camp that I run back home so that's why I missed the [introductory] press conference."

The forward finished up by saying that he was truly shocked by the trade, telling reporters that he was sitting at his table playing cards with friends and family prior to the NBA Draft when the news of the deal popped up on his TV screen. But Wallace stressed that he had no negative feelings about the city of Boston, claiming that he is a long time fan of both the Boston RedSox and New England Patriots.

Wallace wasn't the only hot commodity present, though, as Jared Sullinger received a very large amount of attention from the media due to the recent events that have taken place involving the second-year pro. 

When asked to comment on the domestic violence charges he is facing, Sullinger told reporters that he couldn't comment on it since it was an ongoing case. However he did inform the media that he still has a lot of work to do in order to be fully prepared for the upcoming season. 

"I'm not close [to being ready]," Sullinger said at the podium. "I still have a lot to do."

Danny Ainge also spoke about Sullinger's current status saying that there were "no limitations" for the power forward. Ainge did say, though, that he believes Sullinger needs to get into better shape than he was last year and that doing so "will be a challenge." 

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Possibly the most positive takeaway from the day's events was the presence of All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo. 

Rondo appears to be ready to take on a leadership role with this team and that much is apparent due to the dinner he reportedly hosted at his house the other night. All Celtics players and coaches were asked to attend and the dinner was deemed as "successful." 

But the dinner was just one of many positives from the team's best player. Rondo also touched on his relationship with Brad Stevens.

"Me and Brad have become best friends," said Rondo. "We talk every day, we laugh and joke. We just had dinner the other night. I'm going to help him, he's going to help me."

"He has my full support. i told him from Day 1 when he came to my camp that I'm behind him 100 percent. Whatever he wants to do, whatever he wants to change, I have an open mind. I'm ready to listen and to be accountable for what he wants to do."

In addition, although limited, Rondo had this to say about his current status:

"I'm feeling strong ... Expect to play sometime in winter, maybe the fall, so you never know." 

Rondo has spent some time riding the stationary bike and he's also been working on both his free throw shooting and ball handling. Unfortunately, he is still unable to resume full, contact related basketball activities at this point in his rehabbing process.

Nonetheless, judging by his answers to questions and the overall way in which he conducted himself, Rondo seems to be ready for this new chapter of Celtics basketball. If his current sentiments are legitimate, then both the fans and the organization should be anxious to see how this team fares with him on the court and leading this team into the future. 

Overall, the Celtics had a fairly successful Media Day. One can only hope that the positive aspects of the day were truly positive things, not just charades put on for the media. If this team can come together and embrace the challenges they will surely face as a unit, then this rebuild will certainly begin in the right direction. 

 


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