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Stevens speaks about Rondo on the Jim Rome show

Posted by shawn cassidy on October 6, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Everything seems like a walk in the park between Stevens and Rondo. I can imagine Rondo and Stevens laying on the grass, with a picnic basket, and an old FM/AM radio on the ground set to a classical music station on AM radio.

Both Rondo and Stevens seem to be going out of there way for each other. It's being painted like a sunset on a summer night in July. Not every relationship is perfect, it's just not possible to agree with everything with one person, maybe you can, but I haven't had that experience yet.


On what it’s been like working with Rajon Rondo:

“I think as much as he’s been able to do on the court – which is still limited, but he’s able to go through some shooting drills, he’s able to participate in some of our non-contact segments, and he’s been great. He clearly is a guy that the other guys look up to. He clearly is excited about the challenge of stepping into being the central leader of the team. He’s had a chance to play with guys, in (Paul) Pierce and (Kevin) Garnett, that obviously were traded away, and that have had huge impacts on this organization and also were considered great leaders in this organization. As anybody, he’s probably emotional about his teammates leaving, but at the same time it’s a great opportunity for him. It’s been really interesting – I’ll be the first to say it, he’s made it so accommodating to me to come in, that I haven’t had to go out of my way at all. It’s been very good, he’s been great. He’s an easy guy to talk to. I think we share a lot of the same things with regards to how we think about the game, and certainly our interest in numbers that we share. And so it’s been great so far, and we’re going to lean on him even when he’s out to lead for us.”

On Rondo saying he and Stevens are best friends:

“I’m big on this whole idea of, goals and trophies and those things aren’t the end-all be-all as you’re going through a process. It’s more about how committed you are to growing every day, and how you respond to adverse situations as you’re trying to shoot for something collectively, how you respond to successful situations and just you’re everyday desire to be the very best that you can be. I’ve had great leadership in my early years of coaching from the standpoint, everybody that I came across made it very clear that if you’re not getting better at what you do, if you’re not learning and growing, you’re going to get caught, you’re not going to be very good at your job. And one of the things I’ve shared with him is just some of the things that have always inspired me – different ways, different articles about leadership, some of the books that I like the most. I do this with all of our guys, and if they want to throw it away they can throw it away. But if they want to read it they can read it. He’s a very intelligent guy that is seeking answers, and he’s not the kind of guy that always says he’s got all the answers. And I think that’s really a neat thing, I think we share that.”

Stevens either really gets Rondo, or he's putting up a big front. I believe he really understands Rondo, and I believe he shares what he knows that will help Rondo. Stevens sounds like he has an understanding of growing and learning. I believe he needs to teach Rondo things that Rajon may not know. Rondo sounds like a guy wanting answers, wanting answers to the questions that he may have. These two are either destined for each other, or a sad ending could be in the future.

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Reply paul
5:53 AM on October 6, 2013 
Good piece Shawn. It's a bit hard to tell right now exactly what is going on with this honeymoon. I feel that conflicts are being papered over. But maybe a lot of understandings are being formed behind the scenes that could lead to some magical things on the court. I hope so. But I have to wonder how a share-the-ball coach works with a ball-dominant pg, and I wonder how Rondo and Green are going to work together, when Rondo seems to be the one making concessions?
Reply Greg
1:12 PM on October 6, 2013 
There will be a bump in the road at some point. Not big,but your normal differences that happen.
Reply paul
3:07 PM on October 6, 2013 
It will be big, I think, unless these guys do a lot of work working things out.