HoopsHype Brad Stevens rumors

March 14, 2014 Updates

The transition from Rivers to Stevens has gone smoothly, with the rookie coach drawing rave reviews for his managing of a young roster. “I love Brad, he’s so comfortable with himself, he knows who he is, he knows how he wants his team to play, he knows what kind of players he wants, he’s a natural leader even though he looks like a 25-year-old,” Grousbeck said. “There’s something magnetic about him. He’s going to be a great coach in this league for a long time to come. “I said to someone the other day, ‘Doc, I really miss you and wish you didn’t leave, but this has really eased the pain, having Brad here.’ ” Boston Globe

It’s been difficult for Grousbeck to watch consistent losses, focus on development more than victories, and cross his fingers for a high lottery pick rather than watch his skilled squad crush playoff opponents, as it did for most of the past six years. “I think since 2007 we knew this year was coming,” said Grousbeck, whose team is 22-43 entering Friday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns. “We didn’t know when it would be, probably thought it would be before 2014. The fact that Brad is here and Danny is at the top of his game makes it easier for me as CEO to get through this year because I think we have the pieces in place for our next run as a contender. We have our coach, our GM, a bunch of young kids and a bunch of draft picks, so I feel like we’re better off. Boston Globe

March 6, 2014 Updates

In an interview with Boston's CBS Sports radio on Wednesday, Ainge revealed the team knew of Rondo's intention to miss a team flight to Sacramento from Los Angeles, but specifically requested he not. “He let Brad [Stevens] know and he let me know that he was going to stay in L.A. an extra day, and we didn't think that he should,” Ainge said. "But it was his choice and [we told him] there may be consequences if you stay. It was that simple." CBSSports.com

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The Celtics are 0-13 on the road against Western Conference teams, including a winless Western trip after the All-Star break as February drew to a close. On Celtics Insider, Abby Chin asked Celtics coach Brad Stevens about why his team has struggled out West. "First of all, the West is really good," Stevens said. "At the end of the day, the West is better than the East. You have Indiana and Miami in the East who have started the season playing really well. Out West, beyond just the top couple of teams, you can talk about six to eight who are in contention for not only playoffs but can make a run at the Western Conference Finals." CSNNE.com

February 26, 2014 Updates

Chris Forsberg: Stevens met with Rondo Monday re: missed SAC trip: "I’m moving forward. Then when Danny gets back in town, they can meet and go from there." Twitter @ESPNForsberg

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Ainge said Rondo, eligible for free agency after next season, likes playing in Boston, likes playing for coach Brad Stevens and he expects the point guard to be a Celtic for a while. "I believe he loves the city of Boston," Ainge said. "He believes in us, in turning this thing around. There's not a lot of stress right now because he knows he's not 100 percent. He's still getting healthy. I think by next year you'll see the real Rajon Rondo. I think right now, it's all good and we'll just go from there." CSNNE.com

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"My job is to give my opinions when asked on it," said Stevens. "At the end of the day, the most important thing for our program long term is to let those people make decisions and to trust that those are the right ones. Because I do trust them, they’ve done a great job with that in the past and Danny and his group know exactly what they are doing. I think the hardest thing for Chris is he’s just gotta realize that he can control what he can control. Hopefully he’s around here, but if he’s not, I don’t think by any means it will be the last time you see him. I think he’s going to have a nice career in the NBA." ESPN.com

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