Rondo, New Coach Stevens ‘Best Friends’
After the Boston Celtics named Brad Stevens their new head coach in July, the immediate (over)reaction from some observers was to wonder how he would possibly coexist with strong-willed point guard Rajon Rondo.
“Me and Brad have become best friends,” Rondo said. “We talk every day, we laugh and joke, we just had dinner the other night. I’m going to help him, he’s going to help me. He has my full support and I told him from Day 1 when he came to my [summer] camp [in Louisville in July for their first in-person meeting], I’m 100 percent behind him.”
“His communication lines have been great with me, ever since he became the coach,” Rondo said. “He came to my camp the following week, or the same week he was hired. We spent some time together, about an hour and a half down at Kentucky. And ever since then he’s been texting me, he’s given me a couple books to read, he’s emailed me some things I should look up on YouTube. We’ve had lunch. We’ve had great communication so far.
“It was important for both of us to get off to a good start to get to know one another. This is his team, this is my team. Like I said, I’m very supportive of him, and he’s been very supportive of me.”