Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brad Stevens hints free agents,and Rondo and Smart combo



Stevens is a good coach who wants to be great, and I think he can be great without question. I trust in him to get things done with the roster that he has in front of him. When it comes to him and Ainge, I don't know what to think. Stevens is green to the NBA, and Ainge seems as if he has him under his thumb. Is that a bad thing? I don't know, but it's annoying.

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“I just got done coaching in a season where we did not have a good year, where we won 25 games out of 82. And when I tell you that our fans were unbelievable, I can’t stress it enough,” he said. “I think people got a glimpse of that, and have gotten a glimpse of that, as they’ve visited over time. But actually to be here and live it, and to be supported the way we were, and to watch guys like (Kevin Garnett) and (Paul) Pierce come in here and get the reception that they got, I think that this is a special place. There are a lot of great places to play, don’t get me wrong. But obviously we’re biased toward this one.”

How about the Rondo and Smart combo set to hit a court near you this fall.

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One popular question this week has been whether the Celtics really plan for Rajon Rondo to share the backcourt with draft pick Marcus Smart. Danny Ainge has said yes, Stevens has said yes, and of course it might be unfair to even ask "should the Celtics trade Rondo now because of Smart?" questions before the latter guard plays a single NBA game.

But the thought persists: At least if they determine Rondo could consider leaving as a free agent next summer, now the Celtics have a bit more flexibility to move him. That's fair. Though I still think they'd rather surround Rondo with stars and fast-forward the rebuilding process, they need to plan for anything that could happen.

That being said, Stevens sounds like he expects Rondo and Smart to spend plenty of time together in the backcourt. He continued to hammer home his belief that they will make a nice pairing, especially once Smart improves his shooting as the team believes he will.

The money quote: “I see them not only being able to coexist, but being able to complement each other well.”

14 comments:

  1. I disagree about the significance of this interview. Yes, Stevens can be great, in the sense that he might win a lot, like Pops, but he won't build a team that I want to see. I don't want to see a machine. I want to see creative basketball. Let me make it clear: I will not root for a Celtics team led by Brad Stevens. The way he talks about the game of basketball makes me sick. I don't root for laundry. I have to like something about whoever I am rooting for.

    What King calls a "money quote" is mere boilerplate, I would say. At least it's not as mealy mouthed as other quotes from the brass, but it's not much of an improvement. The Celtics know that by drafting Smart, they shot their trading leverage in the foot. They have to try to talk up the Rondo-Smart combo, even though the big payday for Bradley undercuts that. As much as I'd like to see Rondo and Smart surprise me by being a great back court combo, I don't see anything to indicate that the Celtics have any real role for Rondo, going forward.

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    1. So basically you are no longer a Celtics fan because of the type of basketball style they might end up playing? then were you really a celtics fan in the first place and if you are not gonna root for them then stop going on celtics related websites and stop complaining and find a bandwagon to jump on "fans" like you piss me off.

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    2. So you are going to tell me if I am or am not a fan? Hmm. I would think that you would make that decision for yourself, just as I shall make it for myself. I define fanhood for me. You certainly do not define it for me. I'll say this, though: it sounds like you worship laundry. And yes, the style played does matter to me.

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    3. Yes I am going to say if you are a fan or not a fan when you say In your first response that you cannot cheer for them fans in my book cheer for the team they want to win if your actively saying you won't cheer for them to succeed then how can you call yourself a fan, and oh yeah I worship laundry no I just love the Celtics and I'll root for them however they play and whoever is on the team, obviously sometimes I would prefer them to not do certain things or to do certain things that I think would help, but in the end when the games are being played I will always root for the Celtics, unlike you apparently going by what you said.

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  2. Well of course you can say what you want. As can I. And yes, I think you do worship laundry. I can't see anything to boast of in that. I'd say that you wave slavish loyalty as though it were a thing to be proud of, when it is really a thing to be ashamed of.

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  3. Werkshop from what I read you my friend are a fairweather fan

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  4. I agree with Anonymous 1, workshop you can sometime be a fair-weather fan and a Rondo hater!! Embrace the Celtics, they will be who they are and Rondo will be apart of the team moving forward. Why trade your star, surround him with good players and lets WIN NOW!! When he is gone the next team Lakers or who ever will, and the Cs will suffer for another 10 years. Will you still be blaming Rondo or hating because the team he went are WINNERS.

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  5. I'm hardly a Rondo hater. I love Rondo. But no, I won't embrace Brad Stevens' idea of how the Celtics would be. I don't want to root for a machine with interchangeable parts. I'll never root for that. I want to see the creativity of the players flourish,and especially of Rondo, who is perhaps the most creative player I've ever seen.

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  6. Interchangable parts are how the Spurs won.

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  7. Am I supposed to care about that?

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  8. I care about how we win, and I don't want to win that way.

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  9. I dot want to win that way??? You would rather the Celtics lose ''YOUR WAY''? werkshop you are far from a fan, most likely a band wagoner, and definitely a moron.

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