Ryan Hollins hoping to stick with the Celtics

“Of course,” he told CSNNE.com. “I would love to be here next season.”

“I know the type of players that Paul and Kevin and Ray (Allen) and (Rajon) Rondo are and how they want to win,” said Hollins. “Going against those guys on the other side, I’d always felt like I was a fit for this team and the way that Doc (Rivers) coaches and the way that players play over here. I always felt that way. It made an easy transition for myself.”

“[They pushed me] incredibly hard,” he said. “It’s not just being hard and yelling -- it’s by example. The small things, talking here and there, it’s rubbed off.“

He added, “[I’m] dedicated. I’ve always taken my job seriously and loved the game, but the dedication (on the Celtics), eat sleep drink basketball, every day, every day, every day.”

Ryan Hollins seemed to try hard in Boston. I'll give him that. He has the tools to be an NBA rotation big man. My biggest pet peeve with Hollins is that he almost always is on the outside looking in on box outs. I wonder if Pete Newell still has his big man camp? If Hollins can learn to box out, he'd be a keeper.

What are your thoughts? Do you want to see Hollins back in the green next season or can the team do better?

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