HoopsHype Brad Stevens rumors

January 14, 2014 Updates

“I would probably support a change in the rule that would call it intentional or call it like it would be called int he last two minutes,” admitted Stevens. “But because it’s a rule and usually if a guy’s making one out of two, it makes you think twice. To his credit, he made one almost every time up to the foul line. But we were scoring, and so we were getting a plus-one in about 10 or 15 seconds off the clock for the better part of three or four possessions. And then we went dry, and that’s when the two-minute mark hit anyways and we really couldn’t do it anymore.” WEEI.com

Boston started fast, but faded quickly. The Rockets dominated the middle quarters, built a 20-point lead, then navigated a Hack-a-Howard attempt and a Celtics charge before emerging with a 104-92 triumph at TD Garden. Asked about the challenges coming off the road trip, Stevens opened his postgame news conference by immediately discarding the notion of fatigue. "I told our guys afterward, I don't want to be the team that talks about the travel and then having to play," Stevens said. Later he added, "I don't want to be the team that uses that. Is it a reality? Is it a factor? Might be. But is it something that I want to talk about? No. I don't think that way, and I think that's why you have 14 guys -- go after each opportunity." ESPN.com

January 13, 2014 Updates
January 10, 2014 Updates

“News to me. That’s what I would say. I have not heard that from him or from anybody that would have that information,” Stevens said before meeting the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. “We’ve never talked about a specific date. It’s been, ‘Hey, when you feel like you’re close then we’ll talk at that point. I’ve never talked to him about that, nor have I heard from our organization that there’s a date that’s been targeted.” Booth Newspapers

January 9, 2014 Updates

Brad Stevens, due to the quality play of Kris Humphries, brought Sullinger off the bench against the Clippers. For the moment, that appears to be an ongoing plan. Sullinger said he accepts the role change. "That's absolutely fine with me," said Sullinger. "(Stevens) said there may be times when they change things with me coming off the bench." Boston Herald

Ainge is impressed with what he has seen from Stevens, too. “I love Brad,” he says. “He is a very hard worker, an easy guy to communicate with, for me and with all of our players. He’s a great coach. There’s a learning curve, for sure, going from college to the NBA. But Brad is a very quick study, and he has great support around him from his staff and the players.” Portland Tribune

January 3, 2014 Updates
January 1, 2014 Updates

Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 92-91 loss to the Hawks at TD Garden, starting Celtics forwards Jeff Green and Brandon Bass engaged in a verbal altercation on the bench, where both remained while coach Brad Stevens elected to play his second unit. Stevens downplayed the altercation and said it had no influence whatsoever on his decision not to play them in the final quarter. Boston Globe

December 31, 2013 Updates

"It’s not really a rehab assignment as much as to get your wind," said Stevens. "It’s going to be his call on those things. We talked about it with him and in our offices. I think he will end up doing that at some point, and I think from a conditioning standpoint, and from a game-simulation standpoint, both in practice -- they’ve got a few more days between games to be able to practice a lot of times -- and maybe even in a game, that would be good for people." ESPN.com

It appears more likely that Rondo would join the Claws on assignment in order to get practice reps than game action, though that's an option. Stevens admitted he's uncertain if Rondo would appear in games. "No idea if he plays in a game or not, it may just be practice," said Stevens. "That’s all to be determined. And still very much just a talking point more so than a certainty." ESPN.com

December 30, 2013 Updates
December 21, 2013 Updates

Stevens was concerned enough by the trade rumor issue to address it with his players yesterday. “Here’s what I told them today,” Stevens said. “I’m not going to talk to them about anything that’s a rumor. If I know something, my door is always open. They can come in and I’ll tell them straight up what I know. But the bottom line is we live in a world where, every day because of technology, we can better clutter our minds. “I know you all agree with me — we’d love to have a clear mind for one day. You can’t play basketball without a clear mind. You have to do your best to control what you can, and not get too overly concerned about things that aren’t confirmed by people in the position who are ultimately going to make decisions.” Boston Herald

December 20, 2013 Updates
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Stevens said he is not yet thinking about what Rondo’s return will mean for starting point guard Jordan Crawford, who is the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but indicated on Sunday there is plenty of room in the backcourt rotation for Crawford, Rondo and Avery Bradley. “The best teams I’ve ever coach have always had multiple point guards on the floor at once – especially when it’s in crunch time,” Stevens said. “That’s something I’m really looking forward to.” MetroWest Daily News

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