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Well a source close to Rondo who has talked with the guard since the Stevens hiring said Rondo is looking at the move with a “completely open mind.”
Rondo makes his offseason home in Louisville, Ky., and it’s uncertain when or if Stevens will meet or speak with Rondo before training camp. Stevens is scheduled to be introduced Friday morning at a press conference in Waltham and most certainly will field his share of Rondo questions.
“They both have a lot to prove,” the source said of Stevens and Rondo. “Might as well do it together.”
Not sure this qualifies as breaking news, but Stevens and Rondo have been in contact since BS was hired. Had a cordial conversation.
I refuse to believe that a coach-killing monster like Rajon Rondo could possibly have a positive reaction to the hiring of Brad Stevens.
Read Jeff Goodman’s latest column and you might think a Latrell Sprewell/PJ Carlesimo incident is the only realistic outcome.
Meanwhile, we’re learning that Mr. Charisma, Doc Rivers, had some issues with management’s push towards analytics:
Celtics GM Danny Ainge leans heavily on his analytics staff, and at a meeting with Doc Rivers at season’s end, it was suggested Rivers should perhaps incorporate more of those elements into his game plans and preparations, several sources told Y! Sports.
Privately, Rivers winced over the contents of some of the discussion, sources said. There was no confrontation, but there was tension. For Stevens, he’s long been immersed in the statistical revolution, and he’ll give management far more input into his rotations and style of play. For better or worse, that’s the new NBA.
Can you tell I’m fed up with the media’s character assassination of Rajon Rondo? And I’ve never been his biggest fan (see Karalis, John, President, Rajon Rondo Fan Club).
The Celtics will introduce Brad Stevens at an 11am press conference. Watch live on CSNNE.com.
The rest of the links:
Herald – Stevens fate linked to Cs talent | Sullinger’s back in good shape | CSNNE – Randolph hard at work, expects to return | ESPN Boston – Age nothing but a number for Stevens | WEEI – Thomsen: Celts need to trade Rondo |