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Pre-draft workouts: Day 2 Notebook

By Peter F. Stringer
May 23, 2006

Rajon Rondo highlighted Day 2 of pre-draft workouts in Waltham, as he matched up with Iowa State's Will Blalock (back for a second day of workouts), Boston College's Louis Hinnant and Bryant (Division II) guard John Williams.

Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo

Rondo is known for his lightning quick moves, and he's been projected as a lottery pick in several mock drafts.

Doc Rivers and Clifford Ray, recently hired by the Celtics to work with their forwards and centers, were also on hand for Day 2 of the workouts. Rivers says you don't learn that much about a player's skills in a draft workout, but you can pick up other things that don't come across from general scouting.

"Danny and his staff, they've seen these guys for two years. They've been to live games and watched film. They know what I want in players," said Rivers. "So what I just try to do is come in and pick up the intangibles. How much they want to fight, and how competitive they are. That's what I try to pay attention to."

Rivers, who spent some time at playoff games as an analyst for TNT, said that one thing stood out to him about the teams that are still alive in the postseason.

"There's a lot of veterans. There aren't any young teams left. But that's where we want to be," said Rivers. "The thing that stands out to me is that the teams who are doing well are the teams that have been together. I still think defense at the end of the game wins it."

Summer Work for Celtics

While all of the draft prospects were getting most of the attention Tuesday, after they wrapped up, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson and Tony Allen were all on the court working on their games, while Dan Dickau was working on rehabbing from his Achilles injury.

Ray spent time with Jefferson and Gomes working on their post up games. Both spent time on their ball-handling, while Jefferson went through an intense passing drill with the coaching staff.

After they were done with their workouts, Gomes and Jefferson reflected upon their days before the draft, when they were trying to make their name in the NBA.

"I would never want to go through those things again, trying to get into this league," said Jefferson. "Going to the workouts, traveling, it was a big process, a learning process, especially for a guy like me coming out of high school. I didn't know what to expect. I never want to go through that again."

Gomes recalled working out for 18 different teams and participating in 22 workouts overall.

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