Mike Taylor Rumors
Q: What’s the interaction like between the coaching staff and the Celtics organization when somebody like Rondo or even MarShon Brooks gets assigned to the Red Claws? Maine Red Claws coach Mike Taylor: We’re very connected. I think the Celtics do a great job with our team in the D-League in terms of direction and organization. Brad [Stevens] had some clear goals for MarShon and Rondo. There’s a lot of communication, whether it would be with the coaching staff or front office. I’d like to think that the Celtics and Red Claws are a model relationship in the D-League.
Q: How do you utilize a player like Ty Walker who has such a solid individual niche into your rotation? Maine Red Claws coach Mike Taylor: I think that any team in the NBA style game that has solid rim protection can be a good defensive team. Ty is an extremely good rim protector who can block shots and challenge with his length. As a one-dimensional rim protector player he is pretty good, but he also has the ability to affect the game in other ways. For example, he can run the floor and be a good screen and roll player. These types of situations are some of the ways that we want to help him develop. He’s really established himself as a rim protector and done great things like that. Ty’s also tried hard to improve other elements of his game like his physicality, low-post scoring and things are those lines. He’s really established himself as a quality young big man and has definitely opened some eyes to NBA teams.
Paul Flanner: The Celtics officially named Mike Taylor head coach of the Maine Red Claws, their D-League affiliate.