WALTHAM, Mass. — If experience counts, the Boston Celtics should have an edge coming out of the lockout. Four of their players have been through two of them.
Kevin Garnett already had played three seasons when his first NBA lockout began on July 1, 1998. Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal were two-year veterans. And Paul Pierce was looking forward to his first season after being taken with the 10th pick in the draft.
That lockout lasted 204 days, ended on Jan. 20, 1999, and shortened the regular season to 50 games. This year's lockout was shorter, allowing the league to put together a 66-game schedule. But with fewer off days than usual, it will take a toll on players' bodies.
So Allen, 36, made sure he reported for the opening of camp last Friday in excellent shape.