Not a big shocker coming from Gary Tanguay. He's hated Rondo for awhile now, and he's wanted a Rondo trade for years now. Gary Tanguay feels something in the air, or at least that's his hope from the Celtics drafting Smart. Smart has been doing everything right so far, and it's a matter of time before we see more fans jumping on this ship..
Duncan has been a team player his entire career. Whenever Pop got on his butt, this superstar didn’t pout, call his agent, or get his coach fired. He got back on the floor and tried harder. That is a coach’s best asset: a superstar who accepts guidance.
Torre’s messenger was Derek Jeter, who 10 years ago tonight made the catch the sent Nomar packing. Was there ever going to be another Joe D or Mickey Mantle, we wondered? Yep: Jeter. It's hard to argue he hasn't been the perfect winner. The guy is so polite he'd send his overnight guests home with a flippin’ gift basket!
Why am I babbling about this?
Because Brad Stevens may have found his messenger in Marcus Smart.
KG, Paul and Ray carried the word for Doc. Marcus may do the same for Brad.
Celtic assistant Jay Larranaga told reporters today after a summer workout that Smart brought great energy to the floor. This is a guy who loves to play both ends of the floor and is what this team needs: a leader who sets the tone. Based on what we have seen and heard about Smart, he could be that guy. I hope he is, for Brad’s sake. Because there's no one else on this roster who could be . . . and that includes Rajon Rondo.