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Report: Celtics looking for assistant coach who can relate to Rondo

Aug 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

New Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo may ultimately develop a great relationship.

However, it’s going to take work and time — they come from very different places. Rondo is understandably feeling some culture shock with Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all gone and an entire new coaching team and philosophy coming in.

Boston’s answer will be an assistant coach, reports Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

James Posey could be that guy, we told you he was in the running for a Celtics’ assistants job.

It makes sense on a few levels, not only for Rondo but to have a recent former player on staff who can help guide Stevens into making the jump of dealing with pro players — this isn’t Butler anymore. The dynamic is different.

Stevens may well adjust and be could be a very good NBA coach, but to expect it overnight would be a mistake. He needs assistant around him looking to help him, not just position themselves for his job if he falls short.

  1. fishfiletkray - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    They’ve got to go to Mars for that one.

  2. dezglobal - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Good luck on that. Rondo is a cry baby

  3. kingwithringz - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Lionel Hollins. Did wonders relating to Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.

  4. jvc856 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Any HS JV coach will do…

  5. jammer73 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Good luck finding a coach that can deal with that head case.

  6. thehawg - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Jason Collins ?

  7. mauldawg - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    If he needs his own coach ,then he is not a team player. He needs to go to any team that needs a head case. The Celtics don’t need the circus. They have a young coach,some younger players and they don’t need to tip toe around this guy. Take what you can get for him and move on. Some of todays players are going to destroy the NBA. Give me the 60s thru the 80s players any time.

  8. j0esixpack - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    This is a Red Shirt year for Stevens

    Even when he loses he wins a better draft pick – he’s pretty much the best candidate to grow into the job.

    As far as a coach for Rondo, I think it’s a great idea to have the team leader and assistant on the same page

    The question is whether Rondo can man up and be the leader Stevens and Ainge want him to be.

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