Atlantic Notes: Hayward, Celtics, Nets, Knicks

When Gordon Hayward reports to training camp next month, he will find a very different Celtics team than the one he signed with last summer, writes A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. While Hayward sat out last season with a severe ankle fracture he suffered on opening night, some of Boston’s young players developed into stars, with Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier all raising their games on the way to the Eastern Conference finals.

That gives Hayward time to ease his way back into the lineup rather than trying to regain his All-Star form right away, Blakely notes. Hayward, who said last month that he was just about back to “full speed,” admits the mental aspects of overcoming a serious injury can be just as hard as the physical challenges.

“I’m going to be focused on training camp, getting through that first practice,” he said. “It’s been so long for me to even be out on the court. I’m very excited about where we can go next year.”

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The Celtics‘ success last season has helped turn them into a booming business, relays Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. The team will have 27 nationally televised games for 2018/19, all its season ticket packages are already sold out and the newly opened Auerbach Center practice facility is seen as a future recruiting tool in free agency. “There’s a higher than ever demand for pretty much all things Celtics this offseason,” said team president Rich Gotham. “The television ratings reflected that during the regular season and during the playoffs.”
  • The Nets‘ 15-man roster for the upcoming season is just about set, according to Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily, who projects the team’s depth chart at each position. Puccio expects D’Angelo Russell to establish himself as Brooklyn’s best player this year, with Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jarrett Allen joining him in the starting lineup. New additions Kenneth Faried, Jared Dudley and Ed Davis should all see plenty of playing time off the bench.
  • Even if the Knicks get off to another strong start, they face a schedule that gets much tougher after Christmas, notes Brian Lewis of The New York Post. ESPN will be hoping Kristaps Porzingis returns from his ACL injury in time for a holiday matchup with the Bucks, but that kicks off a stretch of 10 out of 12 games against playoff teams.
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23 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Hayward, Celtics, Nets, Knicks

  1. Boston needed Kyrie and Hayward’s shooting in the playoffs against the Cavs. They should take care of their 3 point shooting. Boston is lucky to have most of their players able to play multiple positions and a coach who knows how to get the best of his players. With Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, Hayward can work his way back. Same for Kyrie. With Rozier he doesn’t have to hurry.

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  2. OnTheBrink

    Porzingis should not rush back from this ACL injury. As someone going through it, take the year. Prepare yourself for next year, unless you are in the playoff hunt come March.

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    • Dave4585

      Agreed, Knicks should be in full tank mode anyways to stock up on another lottery pick.

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  3. If only Boston could get a superstar like AD, then all this hype could actually be backed by some ring, they need a game changer, with AD they could beat GSW no problem.

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    • You should talk to Danny Ainge about getting a job. Boston can’t get AD. NBA has some kind of rule that teams are only allowed to have one player eligible for a max extension, and Kyrie is it for Boston. Boston may not beat Golden State, but Cleveland lost the last 8 of 9 games to Golden State with Kevin Durant. He won the Finals MVP the last 2 years over LeBron. Speaking of Boston and LeBron, Did you see IT say Cleveland was a s–thole. I can see why LeBron left. AGAIN. It’s on Sporting News, Yahoo, ESPN, NBC Sports, Bing Sports, USA Today, and New York Daily News.

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      • The rule is called the Derrick Rose rule, and teams are only allowed to have one Derrick Rose player. Kyrie is one, and AD would be the 2nd, so Boston can’t trade for him.

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          • Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens are from Indianapolis, so am I. I’ve been saying I’d like to see Boston and Golden State playing for the championship the next 4 years!! That’s what I want!!
            And many others too!! IT went viral with his comment! LOL.

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        • x%sure

          Lebron lurks just outside Mio’s door. It’s a scary situation.

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  4. Freddie Morales

    Best player on Nets is Caris Levert. Stop all the talk about Russell, Levert and Allen are the keys of the franchise

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    • PeeWeeHerron618

      smh just stop if you think Levert is the Nets best player you clearly dont watch basketball

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  5. That’s for sure D’Lo is gotta be the franchise player for Brooklyn, & that’s the job for the team do everything possible as in system of play & players around him to make sure he succeeds in been their best player, at the end of the day is for their own benefit that he becomes their top guy, otherwise who is gonna be in that roster? No one has got any quality really, just Jarrett Allen is got potential but not to be at the his level.

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  6. The point would be in Kyrie entering the trade, you can’t get the best player for nothing. For sure they would have to give way more than him, but they have players & assets. The problem would be why on earth would NOLA want Kyrie?

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    • You don’t understand. This topic was brought up before, and Luke explained it. The Celtics can’t trade for AD. You hate Kyrie because he dumped LeBron. Kyrie is the 4th best point guard in the NBA behind Lilliard, Westbrook, and Curry. Ainge wanted Kyrie bad enough to trade the Brooklyn pick to get him. Ainge knows Tatum, Brown, Horford, Hayward, and Kyrie is good enought to win the eastern conference. Kyrie won the championship for Cleveland. Now he’ll win the eastern conference with Boston. He’s not going anywhere,. this summer. You don’t like him because he wouldn’t kiss LeBron’s ass. Oh well! Like Pacer president Kevin Pritchard says. He doesn’t want any superstars because they can destry a teams chemistry, and when they leave they can set the team back for years.

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  7. That’s this summer either. As long as he gets his share of the publicity, and Boston keeps winning, he has no reason to leave.

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    • Cleveland is a s–thole. I can see why LeBron would leave. AGAIN. Ditto for Kyrie.

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  8. You all can make up all the excuses in the world about how Cleveland could have won the title now that Kyrie is gone. You can’t change the fact that he hit the winning shot, no matter how much you hate him.

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  9. I think Simmons,Wall,CP3,Harden,Curry, Lillard & Westbrook are all better than Kyrie, that’s for sure.

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