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Rondo “very impressed” with Brad Stevens, is cool with Humphries

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The two biggest moves of the summer, replacing Doc Rivers with Brad Stevens and trading away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for a package that included Kris Humphries, have been a boon to the flapping gums that pretend to know about the Celtics.  They are all especially fond of projecting their opinions of Rondo onto this team and proclaiming triumphantly that Rondo will never mesh with either Stevens nor Humphries (because of this).

Well, in an interview with Toucher and Rich at media day, a very relaxed and casual Rondo clearly dispels both notions without hesitation or “choosing words carefully.”

On Stevens:

“Very impressed… he’s very humble…. he’s on the court with you every day. He’s breaking things down and it makes sense.  And if it doesn’t, he’s always asking questions, and that’s what you can ask of a new coach coming into a situation like this.”

And on Humph:

“We were going to start a feud on Twitter just to mess around with the fans.  But Kris is a great guy, I’ve got nothing bad to say about him.  That was just a heat of the moment battle.  If somebody did the same thing to Kris during a game, I’d do the same thing for him.  That’s just how I look at the guys in my locker room.”

Of course, there is always the caveat with these media day interviews that everyone loves each other before the practices actually start.  But Rondo’s attitude about Stevens has been consistent.  There hasn’t been a single inkling from anyone in the know that contradicts what we know his opinion of Stevens to be.

And as for Humphries… he’s a teammate now, and Rondo protects his teammates.  Some of these professional blowhards only sit behind the mic because they’ve never been good enough to actually play sports, so they don’t get what it’s like to be in a locker room.  They don’t understand how things happen in the heat of the moment, and how teammates feel about each other.

Don’t be shocked if Rondo and KG go toe-to-toe in one of these Celtics-Nets games.  Hell, I expect it.  And they’re great friends.

Check out the whole Rondo interview with Toucher and Rich.  It’s worth the 12 minutes.

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  • 84_and_7

    Don’t let the media shape your opinion of Rondo. Anyone that plays with a broken elbow earns a lifetime of respect.

  • Curt Hays

    My prediction: The Nets and KG butt heads, so they agree to terminate his contract. Then he signs with Boston for the Vet minimum. Then we win the next two ‘ships.
    Can you tell I’m excited for the REAL sport to start up again?

    • Tommy_Heinsohn

      Yeah and Larry Bird will come off the bench and win Sixth Man of the Year, while also surpassing Jordan as the greatest player of all time.

      • Curt Hays

        Sixth Man of the Year? That’s the most unbelievable thing you’ve ever said.
        Then again, that’s the only award he HASN’T won yet, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Frank Aziza

    If KG and PP could ever be free agents next season and came back to this roster we would be a force to be reckoned with!!!

  • jason benn

    what i like about this article is it gives us a little look into the stuff we dont see.” WE were going to start a feud to mess with fans on twitter” he obviously talked to maybe even apologized to kris afterwards and between the two even shared a laugh like hey kris my bad but it wasnt that hard was it, kris sends him the photo he laughs and rondo says hey you should post that and say something about it and ill tweet back and watch how the fans eat it up on social media more followers for the both of us and then kris was like ehhhhh maybe i got alot already cuz i married that kardashian chick and people still wont leav me alone. lol the media sees next to nothing that goes on in the nba by that i mean communication between the players on phones and so on, this is awesome that he let us know they were gonna see how bad they could blow up twitter with a “feud” ha wonder if they agreed not to cuz they heard rumblings of trade rumours hmmmmmmmm

  • Andy Pyman

    Once again John shows why (to me) he is THE BEST writer who covers the Celtics.

    Tidbits others hear but don’t report, a nuanced take on all the current issues, a perspective colored by experience, the ability to call the local media out (and give props) as necessary, and always, always a balanced take with comments representing both sides of every issue he writes about.

    Major kudos – It is because of folks like you (of which I know a very few) that I’m relaxing into the idea that this will be a season I will enjoy watching unfold.