The Boston Celtics are yet to release their full potential on the court as we've yet to see Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving are yet to play alongside each other for an extended amount of time on the court.
Hayward hasn't played for the Celtics since injuring breaking his leg in the opening game of last season, while Irving has missed a couple of games in the regular season and the playoffs last year due to a knee injury as well.
Speaking to ESPN, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that both Irving and Hayward are at full health and are ready for the new season ahead.
He said: "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.
"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].
"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. 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."
Ainge added as well that he's excited for the Celtics' season ahead as they'll be adding Irving and Hayward to a promising young core that took the team to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
He said: "I'm really excited about the upcoming season with [Irving and Hayward]. Obviously, there's a transition from rehabbing to playing one-on-one to playing 3-on-3 to 5-on-5 and then playing NBA basketball, so I don't want to build up expectations too high.
"I think there will be a little bit of an adjustment once that last phase is made. But physically, they look great, and I think they're very excited about the upcoming year."
With LeBron James no longer in the conference, the East could very well be the Celtics for the taking so long as Hayward and Irving are and stay healthy.
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