NBA source familiar with #celtics say team desperately needs another asst coach who can bond with Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) August 18, 2013
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I wonder what else Doc Rivers has to say about the Celtics?
I don’t actually know who Washburn’s source is, but it sure seems like it might be Doc. Regardless, this should be taken with a grain of salt.
Sure, it’s very possible that the Celtics need someone else on the bench with some NBA point guard experience that “gets” Rondo… that Rondo can relate to and look at as someone who gets being out on the floor. Even if it’s James Posey, whom the C’s are reportedly interested in bringing on as a coach, a coach with recent NBA experience would be a good thing. And that’s not just for Rondo… it’s good for the team.
My issue, though, is with the supposed desperation behind it all. Whomever this NBA source is, it’s someone “familiar” with the Celtics, but not with the Celtics. That means it’s a person who doesn’t know how things have gone with Rondo and Brad Stevens so far. It’s a person who hasn’t spoken to Rondo recently, and doesn’t have direct knowledge with the situation and where it currently stands.
It doesn’t necessarily mean this person is wrong. But it also doesn’t necessarily mean this person is right. This is an outside observer who is offering a best guess.
“I’ve already talked to Rajon; Rajon’s mature. People talk about the relationship with Doc [Rivers], and they probably had their best years over the last two years. So I don’t think that was a reason for Doc leaving. I’ve heard that, but that wasn’t a reason for Doc not coming back.
“Rondo is one of the best players in the league. He’s a guy who can be the face of a franchise. He’s won a championship, he’s been an All-Star. There’s a lot of organizations who don’t even have a face of that caliber.
“I definitely think he’s matured and can handle a lot. I talked to him and he’s ready for the challenge. He knows that it’s his team. He knows he has to be a leader, and from being around me and Kevin [Garnett] and seeing how we work.”
So on one hand you have an anonymous person who says something he thinks… and on the other you have Paul Pierce front-and-center, who says he’s also talked to Rondo about it.
Who knows… maybe the source was Pierce telling Washburn something out of the corner of his mouth as an “oh by the way… they need this for all that stuff I said to happen.” Maybe it’s someone else. We’ll just have to wait and see how Rondo reacts. Remember, this is all going to be brand new for him. At this point, everyone’s just guessing about who he’s going to act.
(h/t CBS Sports)
The rest of the links:
PBT: Stricter luxury tax could help big market teams like Boston | ESPN Boston: Gone by November | RipCityProject: Nolan Smith going to Croatia | ESPN New York: Ray Felton responds to Pierce