I’m not sure how I feel about this coaching decision, I understand the Celtics are in a rebuilding phase and someone has to fill the huge void left behind by the departure of Doc Rivers, unfortunately I don’t believe Brad Stevens is the best fit for the job. The expectations to win should be considerably low but what interest me most is how Rajon Rondo will react to an entirely new coaching philosophy and system. Rondo has a reputation of being a stubborn player so how will Brad Stevens manage Rondo’s personality and rebellious attitude on the court?
Brad Stevens is coming into the league like a freshman on the first day of high school while Rondo can be seen as a senior with a state championship under his belt, so I expect the respect level to be considerably low coming from Rondo. Look at it this way, if Rondo displayed issues with a proven coach in Doc Rivers what makes you think he will be any less of a problem child for coach Stevens?
This coaching decision spells disaster, the Celtics are going to begin the first half of the season loosing games in bunches and Rondo is either going to start ignoring the coach and call his own offensive plays or he’s going to demand a trade. This is a train-wreck waiting to happen, the Celtics should have hired a veteran coach with a track record of successful winning seasons or at the very least tried their luck at one of the many qualified assistant coaches in the league.
My point is this, Rajon Rondo is accustomed to winning and if Brad Stevens fails to figure out how to get the most out of the rest of the Celtics line-up (primarily Jeff Green) I honestly believe Rondo will look to take his talents to a winning organization. The Lakers and the Pacers could really use a guard with Rondo’s ability to penetrate, assists, and involve other players in the game. I can’t envision the relationship between Rondo and Steven’s extending beyond 2 losing seasons, however I will continue to keep my eye on the success of the Boston Celtics. I think the Celts have enough talent on their roster to clinch the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference but their success rest on the shoulders of Rajon Rondo not Brad Stevens.