The Boston Celtics‘ newest acquisitions, Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier — assets acquired from a three-way deal completed 10 days ago — are both making strides with their new squad. Coach Ime Udoka spoke about the two players Wednesday.
“Bol’s in the building, and all of our meetings, all our pregame stuff, and our practices,” Udoka said. “We’ve been a little more hands-on with him than with P.J. (We’re) just encouraging these guys to continue with the rehab process. And whereas P.J. is out for the year, Bol has a chance to come back later in the year and acclimate him to the group, get them comfortable … and just have them around for the most part until he’s able to start doing some activity on the court.”
As Udoka notes, Dozier is out for the year compared to Bol, who could return late in the season. Dozier tore his ACL and is out for the foreseeable future, while Bol is scheduled to have surgery on his foot — holding him out for the next 8-to-12 weeks.
Last week’s three-way deal included Juancho Hernangomez being shipped off to the Spurs, while the Nuggets received Bryn Forbes from San Antonio, and Boston received Bol and Dozier from Denver.
Udoka spoke on how quiet the 7-foot-2 big man in Bol is.
“(He’s) a quiet guy, very quiet,” said Udoka. “(He) doesn’t say a lot. This is a new group for him, obviously, he played with Payton (Pritchard — at Oregon), so he has some familiarity there. But overall, he’s a quiet guy, but he’s fine. He’s been around the group for a few days now, and we are getting him up to speed with what we do and how we do things. It’s just good to have him around the group.”
Bol will be the tallest Celtic since the fan-favorite, 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall was around, as he signed a one-year deal with the Cavaliers this offseason.