TAG: Brad Stevens

Smack / Jan 2, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Rajon Rondo Says He Hasn’t “Played Defense In A Couple Years”

Jeremy Lin, Rajon Rondo

Before Rajon Rondo plays against the Boston Celtics for the first time in his career, the enigmatic point guard threw some (unintentional?) shade at his former team. Speaking to reporters on the TD Garden floor at shootaround today, the Dallas Mavericks star said he hadn’t played defense “in a couple years” before getting traded. Read More »

Smack / Dec 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Gregg Popovich Doesn’t Watch Film On Other Teams

Gregg Popovich

Before his Spurs beat down the Celtics on Sunday, 111-89, Gregg Popovich — who had missed the last two games with an undisclosed medical condition — spoke to an assemblage of reporters. The famously pithy Spurs coach admitted he doesn’t watch film of other teams, preferring to focus on his own players. He also discloses his unique brand of “tough love” with his own players, and why it’s not important he watch other teams. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Report: Rajon Rondo Could Play In Celtics Regular Season Opener

Rajon Rondo

It seems like yesterday that the internet was abuzz with unsubstantiated rumors that Rajon Rondo broke his hand while at a trampoline park. But that was over three weeks ago, and the Boston Celtics star apparently has a chance to play in his team’s season-opener on October 29. Time sure does fly when there’s NBA basketball – even exhibition NBA basketball – to watch on a nightly basis. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 7:45 pm

44-Minute Game Experiment Clocks In At Under Two Hours Of Real Time

Marcus Thornton

The NBA’s 44-minute game experiment came and went today without much fanfare, especially considering the stir of discussion it created earlier this week. We’ll have to wait and see if the league considers the common sentiment of players and coaches that cutting games from the regular season schedule would be more beneficial than shortening the length of them. The takeaway for now is that the first 44-minute game – a 95-90 Boston Celtics win over the Brooklyn Nets – clocked in at under two hours of real time. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Feb 27, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Rajon Rondo Says Birthday Off-Day Story “My business…Not Yours.”

Rajon Rondo

Perhaps you’ve missed the recent Rajon Rondo non-story. According to Rondo’s most recent words on the subject, following Boston’s 115-104 win in Atlanta on Wednesday, that’s intentional. When asked by reporters after the game what the story was, Rondo replied in a typically annoyed fashion, “It’s my business. It’s not yours.” Which, well, he’s right. Read More »

NBA / Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 pm

6 Rebuilding NBA Teams That Could Takeover In The Future

Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard

This NBA season, it seems some teams are in full tank mode. If you just take a look at the Eastern Conference standings alone, you will understand. This year’s NBA Draft prospects are the perfect cash crops for GMs and owners around the league who are looking to rebuild their teams. Read More »

NBA / Jan 21, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The East Should Be Afraid: Rajon Rondo Is Back

Rajon Rondo

With the rash of injuries to many of our favorite All-Star players, the NBA season went from exciting, to, well, quite boring. Fans thought they would watch the likes of Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook battle this year for an NBA championship. Instead, these superstars are doing the same things as the fans: watching. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 19, 2014 / 6:49 pm

Report: League GM’s Believe Celtics Will Deal Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo, Tyreke Evans

Point guard Rajon Rondo is back on the court for a Celtics team vastly different than the one he last suited up for in the last few days of January, 2013. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are gone, as is coach Doc Rivers, and GM Danny Ainge continues to transition the team into a rebuild this season by hiring a young coach and stockpiling draft picks. But Rondo might be the next, and the final key cog from their championship-winning team in 2008. Read More »

NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Reason No. 1 Why Boston Can’t Tank: Their Coach Is Too Good

Brad Stevens

First-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been a revelation in Boston. The former Butler coach has figured out how to fit a roster of square pegs into round holes, finding his new team in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference even without their All-NBA point guard. Stevens, thanks to his wild success at the collegiate level, could have entered the league with a huge ego (like a certain former big-time college coach who attempted to bring his college style to the pro game in Boston), but he has done the complete opposite. Read More »

NBA / Dec 11, 2013 / 5:30 pm

The 15 Biggest Surprises Of The NBA Season So Far

Eric Bledsoe

With the 2013-14 regular season reaching the conclusion of its first quarter, it’s time to look at some of the more surprising developments after the first 20-odd games. We haven’t yet reached Christmas and the lead-up to the 2014 All Star Game in New Orleans is still around two months away, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some developments that caught a lot of people off guard. Read More »