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Rondology: A Beginning

Posted by paul on July 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM


At this point, I have mad respect for Brad Stevens.  What other coach would be at the same time humble enough, and secure enough, to go out of his way to travel to where his best player is at during the summer for a meet?  I suspect that no other coach would have done that.   I'm certain that Doc Rivers would never have done that.  I'm equally sure that had Rivers made such a move last summer, this past season might have gone differently, and maybe we would not be talking about Brad Stevens right now at all.

 


Brad Stevens has taken 1 billion airplane flights in the past week and a half (give or take a few), so he probably wants to rest at some point soon. But before doing that, he reportedly took one more flight . . . to visit Rajon Rondo's basketball camp.

According to the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes, Stevens spoke at Rondo's camp Thursday in Louisville. There have been questions about whether the new Celtics head coach, fresh out of Butler, can build a solid working relationship with his All-Star point guard. But every indication coming from Rondo's camp suggests he's fine with the hiring, and Stevens gushed about his star player at an introductory press conference last week, calling himself Rondo's biggest fan.

But it's one thing to say all the right things. It's another to interrupt a ridiculously busy week to visit Kentucky and ensure the relationship gets off to a good start. Stevens said last week that he'll deal with the Celtics players by letting them know he cares.

http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_rumors_2013_bra_2.html


This gives me greatly increased hope for the coming season.  Reportedly Felger and Mazz jumped all over Stevens for 'sucking up' to Rondo.   Well, they can call it whatever they want, but I think it's a recognition that the NBA is a players' game, and that we have one of the best players, and one of the most creative players,  whose full potential many feel has not been revealed, because he has played his entire career under the shadow of others.  It's looking more and more like Danny sees it that way.  I think it is, anyway, and I think that's good news.   These two guys, Stevens and Rondo, need to work together.   If you ask me, if Rondo is to stay, everything depends on that.



Some commentors continue to insist that Rondo must follow the coach's plan.  I feel that they don't understand basketball.  A good coach needs to work out a plan with his best player(s).  It's not about forcing the player into a mold.  It shouldn't be, anyway.



To me, this feels like the first day of the new season.  We aren't tanking.   We are in the beginning stages of something very special.   I won't get crazily excited like I did last summer, but I'm starting to get excited.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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9 Comments

Reply paul
7:57 PM on July 11, 2013 
Of course, part of what needs to happen here is Rondo listening to Stevens, not just Stevens listening to Rondo. They need to work together.
Reply rcraig617
11:57 PM on July 11, 2013 
I like this but I don't want stevens to give rondo too much special treatment. I understand rondo is our best player but he's not a baby and doesn't deserve to be coddled not saying that what stevens did is that. I just hope that there is a balance in the relationship.
Reply shawn cassidy
12:34 AM on July 12, 2013 
Thanks for writing this Paul. I was shocked seeing Stevens show up,and it was needed.
Reply C'slife
2:51 AM on July 12, 2013 
Great sign, simple, but big move by the new coach.
Reply paul
4:29 AM on July 12, 2013 
rcraig617 says...
I like this but I don't want stevens to give rondo too much special treatment. I understand rondo is our best player but he's not a baby and doesn't deserve to be coddled not saying that what stevens did is that. I just hope that there is a balance in the relationship.


Balance is key, I agree, but I actually think you've grabbed this by the wrong tail. What I'm worried about isn't that Stevens may be coddling Rondo - I can't imagine that there is the slightest danger of that - my concern would be more that his friendly comments about Rondo, and moves towards Rondo, are essentially PR moves. At some point, these two guys need to sit down, talk basketball, look at film and develop together a working relationship and a sense of where the team should go. I've seen it said by some journo that Rondo could and should really be almost a kind of assistant coach. I think that's basically true. I'm not saying that only Rondo should have that kind of involvement with the coach's thinking and planning, but primarily, yes. Will they follow through? Or will we just get this gladhanding? This is a fairly unique situation, and maybe that makes some folks nervous, but that' s also its strength...
Reply paul
4:32 AM on July 12, 2013 
shawn cassidy says...
Thanks for writing this Paul. I was shocked seeing Stevens show up,and it was needed.


I was thinking that he should do this, Shawn, but I agree that it was badly needed. Rondo will be doing his camp for about two weeks, or ten days, or something. I hope those two will spend some more time together getting down to some real nitty gritty. Let's go into this year with a plan. Rondo has -it appears - more weapons to work with than it looked like he would have. Let's have a real plan for how to make the most of them.

And what about defense, Rondo? What about acknowledging that the way you payed D let the team down, let your leadership role down, let your fans down, and let you down? This is important.
Reply paul
4:34 AM on July 12, 2013 
Cslife, so far, Brad Stevens comes off as a bit of a deer in headlights, doesn't he? But even so, he's been making the right moves so far. If he can keep his head under this pressure and keep making good moves, it's an awfully good sign. Getting together with Rondo right away like this - as you say, it's simple. But at the same time, it signifies a lot.
Reply Morena
8:49 AM on July 12, 2013 
I agree with what you said Paul!! And I'm so glad to read that you're starting to get excited for next season. I agree with you that Rondo needs to listen to Stevens, because if he does that, this is really the beginning of something special. And I'm confident he will do that. Stevens is showing a lot of respect for Rondo. And Rondo is not the mean guy the media are trying to paint, and I'm confident that if you show him some respect, he will do the same.
Reply paul
9:57 AM on July 12, 2013 
Morena says...
I agree with what you said Paul!! And I'm so glad to read that you're starting to get excited for next season. I agree with you that Rondo needs to listen to Stevens, because if he does that, this is really the beginning of something special. And I'm confident he will do that. Stevens is showing a lot of respect for Rondo. And Rondo is not the mean guy the media are trying to paint, and I'm confident that if you show him some respect, he will do the same.


Thankyou, Morena. We'll see. There's some awkwardness, but you'd expect that. If these two guys are sincere, they are working on building an unusual player coach relationship.