The Boston Celtics made a huge commitment to Brad Stevens this offseason. It took a lot to pry Stevens away from the Butler Bulldogs, but the Celtics were able to do it thanks to a six-year $22 million contract. The vibe in Boston surrounding Stevens is one of confusion as the Celtics’ head coach has been able to do a lot with not so much talent. However, facts are facts and Boston’s 14-26 overall record is an absolute eyesore to even a causal NBA fan.
Furthermore, Stevens has been without his best player since the beginning of the season. Rajon Rondo is due back on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, in what will be his first live NBA action since January of 2012. Of course, the All-Star point guard is going to have some rust to shake off, but it’s not just Rondo’s play that we should be watching.
Despite winning an NBA Championship together, Rondo and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers oftentimes clashed as many think Rondo was a main reason why Rivers was in essence “traded” to the Los Angeles Clippers. Moving on, Rondo’s name has been all over the trade rumor mill as his contract is up after the 2015 season and the Celtics aren’t exactly competing for a title anytime soon.
So what’s it going to be? Are Rondo and Stevens going to mesh well, or is this point guard-coach combination simply a ticking time bomb? Either way, this situation is going to be the talk of the town as the fate of this Celtics’ franchise is now in question.