One of the lingering questions Celitcs fans have been asking of themselves is, where is ______?
There have been numerous names to occupy the blank space during the first 11 games of the season – Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, etc. One member of the team has been asking this question about himself since the preseason is Kris Humphries- the Celtics 28 year old 6-foot-9 power forward/DNP favorite.
As a 28 year old 10-year NBA veteran, Kris Humphries has the desire and the skillset needed to contribute at the NBA level, however the log jam at the power forward position in Boston is keeping him from doing so. He has done well with the time he has earned this season, but not well enough to unseat young bigs Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger.
"I'm just waiting for a break or an opportunity to get in there more consistently," Humphries told CSNNE.com. "It would have been great to have played better (Wednesday) night and us win. That would help. But as a guy playing inconsistent minutes, it's not going to happen every night for you. You have to try and make it happen and do whatever you can to help your team win."
Coach Brad Stevens has always made it a point to praise Humphries for his effort, work ethic, and professionalism, and while #43 might be all of those things, it isn’t getting him into the rotation which is an unfortunate side effect of a rebuilding season – someone, often times undeserving, gets lost in the shuffle.
"It's been tough. I'm here so that's what I'm focused on," Humphries said. "I'm playing some 4 (power forward) now, which I think will help out a little bit. But nothing has ever been easy for me. I'e always had shorter-term deals, always had to prove myself."
As of mid-November, Humphries has not requested a trade and will continue to do what he can to show that he is deserving of more time. He is determined to be ready when his name and number get called. Such is life in the NBA.
"Every experience you try to take positives from it," Humphries said. "This is my tenth year and I'm still learning. There's positives to come out of every situation."
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Source: A.Sherrod Blakely; CSNNE.com
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