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This is something I’ve been curious about all season — you do all kinds of charity work but always in private and never for publicity. Why? Rajon Rondo: You don’t do charity work for publicity. Well, I know I don’t. Everybody’s different. I feel like if you do stuff like that for charity, it should be from the heart. You don’t have to get exposure for it. The people that you’re doing it for are very grateful. It’s not to get media attention. It’s not to get the NBA behind me. I do it for myself. I do it for the people that need it and I do it because I want to do it. There’s no need for a big media blast. People do that stuff all the time all across the world that you don’t hear about. People volunteer over in foreign countries and do way more stuff than I’m doing. So for me to do what I do, I’m very blessed to be in my situation. I don’t feel like I need any exposure or a pat on the back when I’m doing it. I do it because I want to do it. Boston Globe

April 8, 2014 Updates

He took over a young team, save for point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed more than half of the season recovering from an injury, forwards Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass and forward-center Kris Humphries. "It's been a challenging season, as you can imagine," Ainge said. "Brad has maintained optimism and has done a magnificent job managing our team. He's very smart. He works extremely hard. He has great integrity. Those are things he will always have, and those are great characteristics of being a leader. The outlook will be better next year just because he's been around the NBA a year." Like many successful people, Stevens is his toughest critic. "Any time you go through a year, you get better at it," Stevens said. "I haven't been near perfect by any means. In fact, I've got a list of things I want to do better. I've got a list of things I probably would do a little bit differently. I think I'm a better basketball coach as a result of this. But it's not easy to go through, but that's part of what makes you better at it." Indianapolis Star

April 7, 2014 Updates

It’s not hard to find the professional cynics — even when you’re not looking for them. In the NBA, skepticism is a growth industry. Brad Stevens was still en route to Orlando from his introductory press conference when, amid the glowing reports, the snide comments began. The surprise of his hiring hadn’t even worn off when people openly but quietly began wondering how long he’d actually stay with the Celtics before bolting back to a college bench, the six-year contract be damned. Sniffed one NBA lifer, “He’ll stay with Boston until the Duke job opens up.” Boston Herald

Speaking of those years to come, we put it directly to Stevens. Is he committed to fulfilling the entire six-year contract? “No question,” he said. “Yeah, no question. The way that the contract’s structured, that’s the way it is, too. Now, obviously, if they decide they want to go in a different direction, that changes everything. But responsibility and what I want to do is here and is with this organization and hopefully getting this organization to be the best it can be again.” As for the contractual structure he mentioned, Stevens said, “I don’t know exactly what I can and can’t say, but the bottom line is I’m contracted for six years, and that’s my intention — to be here for six years.” And he will be, “unless they tell me they don’t want me. Boston Herald

“I will say this: you always hesitate talking about it that way, but I don’t here,” Stevens went on. “I don’t here. The other thing I’ll say is that I’ve been blown away by — blown away by — the fans. Blown away. I mean, we’re not a winning basketball team, and they’ve supported us like no tomorrow. The games have been unbelievable. The game against Chicago was so loud. It was such a great environment. “I had been here for a game in the playoffs when you know it’s going to be good. But to be here every night, compared to some of these places we go to, not even close.” Boston Herald

April 4, 2014 Updates

But while he believes that finding the key to improving chemistry would be valuable, he’s also a firm believer in another approach. “You could make an argument that you’re quantifying chemistry and you could make some sound arguments,” Stevens said, “but I think it’s more about somebody deciding, coming to that decision personally, that I’m going to embrace that role.” Would that method be easier than just finding the right pieces and putting them together, perhaps with the goal of artificially manufacturing a certain level of chemistry? “Well, I think part of it is moving parts, but I think it’s also encouraging everyone to embrace a role and be content in that and try to be the best they can be to help the team be the best it can be,” Stevens said. Boston Globe

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