When it was announced Wednesday that Brad Stevens was hired as coach Celtics, most people's first reaction was shock. After that, it was how he would handle the often difficult personality of point guard Rajon Rondo.
Gary Tanguay asked Stevens about it in an exclusive interview after his introductory press conference Friday morning, and Stevens had nothing but good things to say about Rondo.
"One of the things that I would say is that I can't wait to meet him and I can't wait to talk basketball with him," Stevens said. "I think at the end of the day he loves basketball and I love basketball, and it's gonna be absolutely fascinating to talk to him because he sees things so much differently than most other players that you watch. And I'm looking forward to it."
Making the jump from college to the NBA is a big one for the new C's coach, especially when differentiating the role of a coach at each respective level. But Stevens has already prepared himself to handle the transition to a "player's league," and plans to give his players plenty of say in the play-calling decisions.
"We gave our players input at Butler," Stevens said. "It's important to give your players input. They feel important, ownership and that will continue to be the way…I think coaches get a lot of credit in college, (but) players win games. Players win games at this level, obviously. I'm not crazy enough to think that coaches have as much impact as everybody says."
Check out the video above to hear more from Stevens in this exclusive interview.