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Danny Ainge is the master of under-statement, so when he says Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward would be ready to start training camp right now and go full-speed, we believe him.


This what Danny had to say on the matter (per ESPN's Chris Forsberg):

"I don't want to hype it up too much, but I'm saying that if our training camp were starting today that they would be here today going full speed," Ainge said. "It's not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month, so they are sort of pacing themselves. They're playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp [Sept. 26]."

That is good news indeed. But we have also been waiting, particularly in Gordon's case, to hear about the duo participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages. Ainge addressed that also (Per ESPN's Chris Forsberg):

"They'll both be here within the next week or so; by the time Labor Day is over, they will all be playing 5-on-5," Ainge said of Irving and Hayward. "I think it's just a matter of, if they're not playing 5-on-5 now, then it's only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess. They're doing everything -- dunking the basketball off both legs and playing one-on-one live and jumping and cutting and defending. I'm excited for them."

Training camp is only four weeks away, and the boys are eager to get started. But more important, they are physically ready to start right now.

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Tom Lane 8/28/2018 08:57:00 AM Edit
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