Abunassar has been working out Garnett for seven weeks this summer, the majority of the time in Los Angeles. The regimen includes about 90 minutes of weight training and 90 minutes of basketball drills and five-on-five scrimmages. While Celtics training camp doesn't begin until Sept. 30 in Rome, Garnett already seems to be in prime shape.
In one drill yesterday, Garnett showed how strong he is. Wearing a belt with a cable connected to it, Garnett was immovable as one man tried to yank him from the post with the cable and Abunassar tried unsuccessfully to steal the ball several times.
The 6-foot-11-inch, 253-pounder also sprinted while pulling a man with a resistance cable. After the drill, a sweat-drenched Garnett made the majority of his free throws while pumping himself up.
"C'mon Kevin. C'mon Kevin. C'mon Kevin," he said.
Garnett preferred not to talk much about his tough regimen. Abunassar said Garnett is private about it and doesn't like fanfare, and he could be the hardest worker of all the players Abunassar trains.
"He's so focused about getting ready," Abunassar said. "He's a leader by the way he is. That's why he's Kevin Garnett."
When your star has that kind of work ethic it trickles down to the rest of the team. I have read many times that Larry Bird's work ethic made his teammates want to work that much harder. I have to add that Perk has this kind of work ethic too, and maybe he even works harder. He only took 2 days off and then was back at it working very hard to get ready for the season. I believe that this is why Perk and KG will get along great. They will recognize each others' work ethic and that will bring a mutual respect.
Also in this article, Doc expects everyone in Boston by Sunday and Garnett may be there as soon as tomorrow. There have been 8-10 players, including Perk, working out in Boston all off season and Pierce has even moved back early and has been doing some workouts here. I haven't heard much about Ray Allen's working out but he keeps himself in great shape so I imagine he will be ready as well. It will be exciting to get reports out of the workouts once everyone gets here. I can picture some real battles in the paint between Garnett, Perk, Davis and Powe. We sure do have some toughness now and that is exciting.
The Celtics have agreed to terms with Big Baby Davis and now that gives us 13 guaranteed contracts with Brandon Wallace with a partially guaranteed contract and Manuel with a make good contract. That should be it for training camp according to Ainge. I have a feeling that Danny is going to keep a couple of spots available in case that PG or big that you just can't pass up comes along. There will be cuts after training camps and who knows what will happen toward the trading deadline.
Welcome Marc Spears! I have a feeling that the Globe's Celtics' coverage is about to get much better!!