The analysis of Brad Stevens' relationship with Rajon Rondo is already in overdrive as Stevens takes charge of the Celtics.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Day Three of the Brad StevensApalooza is in the books, and today's head-scratcher is Stevens' comments about working with Rajon Rondo, his new point guard with the Boston Celtics.
I'm not scratching my head about what Stevens said. I'm scratching my head that people are suggesting even Red Auerbach couldn't have handled it better than Stevens handled the question about Rondo, the Louisville native.
The media world swooned – on cue – at Stevens' deft handling of a question about the famously difficult Rondo during his introductory press conference Friday.
So I'll ask you the question:
If you had never coached one second of pro basketball and you were asked about how you planned to deal with an all-star point guard who will be the best player on your team, what would you say?
A.) Get him out of here. I saw how Tubby Smith benched him for Brandon Stockton at Kentucky. I read that Tweet about Doc Rivers threatening to punch him. I wish Doc would have followed through.
B.) Rondo can stay, but the first thing we're going to do is work on that jump shot. It's not much of a jump shot. I put up with Ronald Nored's jumper at Butler for four years. But this is more than even I can take.
C.) There is no bigger fan of Rajon Rondo than me.
D.) No comment.
Guess which answer Stevens gave? Guess how everybody reacted? I guess Doug Bibby is now Number 2 in the Rajon Rondo Fan Club.