Drills Yes, Contact No

Here’s the latest on Kendrick Perkins and his surgically repaired shoulder:

“He can run up and down the floor, as long as no one else is running up and down the floor with him,” Rivers said.

On Tuesday, Perkins ran sprints the width of the court with the rest of the team during the portion of practice reporters were watching.

Perkins said doctors told him he would be ready to handle contact in practice in about a week. He is shooting for the third exhibition game, on Oct. 11, to get back in uniform.

But Rivers said he wanted to hold Perkins out for four exhibition games, meaning he would return Oct. 16. The coach said he wasn’t worried about Perkins’ availability for the Oct. 28 opener.

And Doc had a great response when asked if he would take the team to see some of the historic mansions in Newport.

For some of my players, their mansions might be bigger,” Rivers said after the first day of training camp amid the polo pony and sailboat set. “They might not be impressed.”

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