Jaylen Brown‘s positive COVID-19 test is giving Celtics guard Romeo Langford more preseason playing time, and he hopes to turn that opportunity into a regular spot in the rotation, writes Brian Robb of MassLive. Langford was used as a starter in Friday night’s game and delivered 13 points in 19 minutes while hitting five of six shots from the field.
“I thought Romeo was great with the starting lineup, played well offensively and defensively,” coach Ime Udoka said. “Obviously shot it well going three-for-four from 3. But does a lot of little things as well—solid defender, ball mover, just a guy that knows how to play with that unit and you saw it last year. So he did a good job. All of those guys are gonna get an opportunity. It’s just a matter of maximizing that and trying to play the right way, and I think they’re all making a concerted effort to do that.”
Boston selected Langford with the 14th pick in 2019, but he saw limited playing time under former coach Brad Stevens, getting into a combined 50 games during his first two seasons. The coaching change provides a fresh opportunity, and Robb believes Langford will be in the mix for backcourt minutes off the bench once the season begins.
“I feel good,” Langford told reporters after the game. “Body feels good. Mind is good. Just happy that I finally got a chance to do a training camp, a healthy summer, and it just feels good to be in a little rhythm and being able to work out in a practice with the guys leading into the regular season, and just building off from here.”
There’s more from Boston:
- Brown remains in quarantine, but is expected to be ready for the October 20 season opener, tweets Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. Brown is the only Celtics player who has been affected, according to Udoka.
- Friday’s game marked the first time that big men Robert Williams and Al Horford were on the court together, notes Jared Weiss of The Athletic. Udoka may use some bigger lineups this season, and Horford’s versatility can help make the combination with Williams successful, Weiss adds. “With him, I need to space the floor more,” Horford said. “That’s kind of what I have to do, and he’s the kind of big who can pass the ball a little bit. When he rolls to the basket, it puts a lot of pressure on the rim and it opens stuff up for the perimeter. That’s why I feel comfortable that if we need to go to that lineup, it will work.”
- John Hollinger of The Athletic reviews the Celtics’ offseason moves and examines whether they were able to fix the frontcourt problems they had last season.
15 thoughts on “Celtics Notes: Langford, Brown, Williams, Horford”
Lol @ Celtics for overpaying the “timelord”. Dude just isn’t starter material(yet) & he never stays healthy. Everybody always loves the backup & believe they deserve more minutes or they should start. When really they’re just better off as a backup.
If healthy, he’s better than most starting centers. With Horford and an underrated Hernangomez, the team as has more than enough depth to spell Williams.
He’s going to be the 101st highest paid player next year…
Should he be making minimum wage like yourself?
Exactly, people are so out of touch with what NBA players get paid these days. At the end of his contract Williams deal will be considered cheap.
From the looks of Boston’s 1st two training games, TimeLord looks to be our starter this year! If true, we’ll soon see if Celts overpaid. TimeLord protects the rim like no one Celts have had in a long time!
All the ducks are lined up for Romeo to have a breakout season. This is why I wasn’t happy when they extended Smart.
Coming out of HS, Langford had the look of a future NBA starter and perhaps star. I thought he was under drafted (and thought it might have been a mistake to play through a wrist injury in college). But, whether due to injuries or not, his trend lines aren’t good. Hard to make up lost development time. Big year, probably his last as a prospect.
Romeo is suddenly making his threes! And we know he’s got great basketball IQ. Fingers crossed for him!
It wasn’t that Langford never got a chance, it’s that he has been consistently injured. If healthy, he could be a 6th man of the year candidate. The kid can score and defend. Looking forward to him making an impact this season.
Langford has always had a next-level look, whatever level he’s at. But he must need to be fully in tune to make the style work. Or else, his best skill is in looking promotable.
Romeo better take advantage. Time is running out for him. Always liked him coming out of college. A scorer with size at SG. Horford can play with Williams or Kanter. Celtics have plenty bigs this yr. Horford was always their glue guy on O n D. He alone makes them better. As long as Smart and Schroeder hold down the PG. Glue guys in NBA don’t get the respect they should. Horford is a very good 2way player. And when you are that as a Big. That’s UUUuuugge. Tatum is do for MVP type season. He and Jalen have big yrs. Celtics will contend for East.
“Time is running out for him”
Langford is 21.
In Boston. I have to say it ??
Age isn’t an issue. It’s the years of control. Langford has a team option for 2022-23. After that, it’s extension or FA.
To show how good Timelord is:
Those are great stats for a big.