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.
“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.
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.”