ORLANDO — All that was missing was the tinsel.
Dionte Christmas turned it into his own personal holiday in July on the final day of the Air Tran Orlando Pro Summer League when he piled up 21 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Celtics whipped the Magic.
It’s been a solid week all around for Christmas as he’s hardly backed off on a single possession at either end of the floor. At one point in the first half on Friday, he reeled off 12 consecutive points for Boston, including a falling-down 3-pointer on which he was fouled for a 4-point play.
“I thought it was a pretty good week, first of all as a team,” Christmas said. “Individually hopefully I opened up a couple of eyes. I’ve been getting great feedback. The (coaches) have said I’ve been doing great out there, and I just wanted to come out and be consistent, keep playing D, and I did it.
“If you can’t do nothing else, you have to have energy, man, especially playing in the NBA Summer League, there’s nothing greater. You have to have energy, man. That right there is what gets me going … You’re playing the sport that you love. I’ve had energy ever since I’ve played basketball. That’s nothing new to me.”
Christmas was a high-energy, all-around player in college at Temple, but has spent the past three seasons playing overseas in Israel, Greece and Turkey, working on his offense and trying to improve enough to come back and get a shot at the NBA. He was in the Sixers’ camp in 2009.
“I went overseas and developed a lot,” he said. “There’s a lot of scorers in the NBA, and to get on a team, they don’t need a guy like me to come in and score 20 a game. Boston has KG, Rondo, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, all of these guys who are great scorers. They just need a guy to come in and fill the void. They need an extra guard who can rebound. So I just try to do the little things.
“Making the NBA is every kid’s dream. That’s been my dream forever. I’ve been in great countries Greece, Turkey, Israel. But there’s nothing like the NBA, and I’m not going to stop until I get there.”
It would seem that a Christmas wish for an invitation to the Celtics’ training will come true.