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Rumor: Celtics need to add another coach for Rondo

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I'm just thankful this rumor,or report doesn't claim that Rondo is demanding an assistant coach. I know it will get twisted around.I agree that Rondo needs a coach outside of Stevens to connect with, but priorty number one is to have Rondo bond with the head coach right? Rondo is the best player on the team, and he should be forming a game plan, or realtionship with the head coach. Rondo isn't somone like Fab Melo who may need an assistant to help teach. Rondo doesn't need a teacher in that sense. Rodno has room to learn more, but at this stage in his career, it's all about his realtionship with the head coach.

gary washburn @GwashNBAGlobe

NBA source familiar with #celtics say team desperately needs another asst coach who can bond with Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust

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Reply paul
6:32 PM on August 18, 2013 
I see this as Washburn trying to stir up trouble. Putting out those warm and encouraging quotes earlier from Pierce must have just killed him. No doubt the Cs would like to find a Rondo handler, because someone is going to have to be a buffer between Stevens and Rondo at times. Stevens is a confrontation avoider. Rondo is a confrontation seeker. This doesn't mean either is a bad guy. It's different styles of interaction. I think they will be able to work together, but someone to act as a buffer will be needed when the going gets rough. Rondo is a volatile dude, and he is very confrontational. This doesn't make him a bad person. Stevens looks to be the opposite. He's not bad either. They'll need a way to handle it when the wires cross, as they inevitably will.

I agree too, Shawn, that Rondo and Stevens must craft this team together. If that's not the plan, in my view, Rondo should be traded. You cannot shoehorn this supertalented kid into a role, in my view.
Reply C'slife
1:03 AM on August 19, 2013 
I think this is a made up story in some ways, or it can be taken in many ways. I'm glad too, that Washburn doesn't toss more on the fire. I agree with you as well about Rondo and Stevens having a buffer. Couldn't that be Ainge's job?
Reply Franklin
1:53 AM on August 19, 2013 
Good idea Paul.
Reply paul
7:09 AM on August 19, 2013 
Ty Franklin. I was thinking about Ainge too, Cslife. I think that will be Ainge's job, in a way; maybe he'll be the guy that Stevens comes to when he just can't take Rondo's crap anymore, just as Rondo will have a guy he talks to when he just can't take Stevens anymore! I just think it's foolish to think that these guys are going to be separated at birth identical twins or something! There will surely be quite a bit of knocking heads, and I feel there has to be a way to deal with that if we want this combination to work. Two very strong willed and highly intelligent guys...
Reply Morena
4:15 PM on August 19, 2013 
I would love that they could find someone Rondo can trust as much as he did with dooling!!
But right now it looks like the media are using this to hate on Rondo a little bit more.. like he needed it..