HoopsHype Brad Stevens rumors

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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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

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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

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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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