Romeo Langford was introduced today to Boston media in a press conference announcing the newest additions of the Boston Celtics organization. Hear what the former Indiana University star and New Albany, Ind. native had to say about joining a historic NBA franchise like the Celtics.
On when he realized he was going to be picked by the Celtics
“Um to be honest, once when I seen [sic] all of the cameras come up to my table. That’s when I knew they were going to pick me. I didn’t want my agent to tell me anything… I wanted to get more surprised. I’m pretty sure my agent probably knew.”
What he thinks of Boston so far?
“I just got here like at 2 am last night, but so far so good – to be honest. I can’t wait to explore the city and make it my home. It’s my first time being here [Auerbach Center]. I didn’t take a visit because I couldn’t work out, but it’s real nice.”
On playing through his injury at Indiana University.
“The main thing is just I wanted to be there for my team. I didn’t want to let my team down. I went to Indiana to play basketball and be there with my brothers, and I didn’t want them to think I was just sitting out – when I know I could play and play through it.”
I just couldn’t not play basketball, not play basketball for that long, that long of a time. When I knew I could play, play through it. In that situation I was ready just to be tough, tough-minded to be able to play through stuff like that. That’s what it really came down to.”
On playing for head coach Brad Stevens.
“I heard a lot about Brad Stevens getting into the NCAA tournament with Butler. And Gordon Hayward, actually, they beat my high school in semi-state, I believe, in one year. I think that was like the year New Albany was really good, so I was following that. But I didn’t know it was Gordon Hayward, Gordon Hayward at the time. But going back looking at it, it’s kind of cool because in my New Albany high school locker room, they have a picture of Gordon Hayward actually on the line at the free throw line in semi-state.”
The latest on his injury.
“It was like a week and a half ago [when I started dribbling and shooting again.] The doctors cleared me to start shooting and stuff. She wants me to shoot and get used to touching it and stuff, but just don’t get too overboard with it. If my thumb starts hurting and stuff, just stop and take a break.”
“I felt like I had to switch shot up a little bit just to make it go in, because I couldn’t feel it like normally [sic]. So now that is one of my biggest focuses on getting back on the court. Getting my mechanics back. Getting my shot back where it used to be.”
Romeo Langford was selected 14th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft as the final lottery pick by the Boston Celtics organization.
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