Practice notes: Delonte ready for debut

WALTHAM, Mass. -- A collection of news and notes after the Boston Celtics practiced Monday at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint:

The rundown (a quick look at practice headlines)

* West says he has to earn playing time as he returns from suspension

* It looks like O’Neal could be out another 2-3 weeks

* Loose balls: Bradley returns; Daniels not present


Delonte West will make his season debut on Wednesday against Washington after having missed the first 10 games of the season due to a suspension.

“He’ll play. I’m not sure how much,’’ coach Doc Rivers said. “We’ve still got to get all our stuff down so we may limit what we do when he’s out there.”

West was the last player off the practice floor Monday, taking extra shooting practice with assistant coach Lawrence Frank.

"It feels good [to have the suspension done]," said West. "Who knows where we go from here? I have to still earn my playing time. This is a talented team; guys that want to be out there, earn the right to be out there. So it starts here[on the practice court], just getting in here, showing the guys I’m committed to this, and hopefully they trust me enough to have me out there."


The news on Jermaine O'Neal is not good.

The Celtics’ center might miss another two to three weeks, Rivers said, due to ongoing left knee woes. O’Neal hasn’t played since last Monday, when he logged nearly 11 minutes in the Celtics’ 89-87 loss at Dallas. He had a second opinion while the Celtics were in Miami (he played for the Heat last year, so he was familiar with the doctors there) and was not with the team in Memphis on Saturday.

He was at the Celtics’ practice facility Monday, but did not go through the workout.

“He’s still going through a couple more evaluations,’’ Rivers said of O’Neal.

The coach said he had not heard the word “surgery” mentioned in conversations about O’Neal’s situation. Rivers said the team was not now looking for extra help at the position, adding, “there aren’t a lot of good, 7-footers walking the earth who aren’t signed.”


* Rookie Avery Bradley, like West, is eager to make his season debut. Bradley has been recovering from a left ankle injury and has been on the inactive list for all 10 games of the regular season. (He did play a little in the exhibition season.) Bradley went through a certifiable practice session Monday -- “it’s the most he’s done in a long time,’’ Rivers said -- and said he felt great afterward.

“It feels good to finally be out there, getting a chance to practice with my teammates,’’ he said.

If the Celtics choose to make Jermaine O’Neal inactive for Wednesday’s game, Bradley might get to dress for the first time this season.

* Marquis Daniels was not at practice and will also likely miss Tuesday’s practice due to what Rivers said was a family matter. He did not elaborate.

* Rivers kept the practice short Monday because he said the team was still a little fatigued, having arrived in Boston at 4 a.m. Sunday following the overtime game Saturday night in Memphis. You could also have said the same thing of the head coach. He was in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, watching his daughter play her last regular season home game as a member of the University of Florida’s volleyball team. (It was Senior Day.) Florida won the match (3-0 over Alabama) and clinched a share of the Southeastern Conference title.