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.