The first question circulating about Brad Stevens as new Celtics coach is whether he can adapt his NCAA style, which was wildly successful at mid-major Butler, to the NBA.
The second question is whether the 36-year-old neophyte NBA coach would be able to form a positive relationship with Rajon Rondo, the Celtics’ mercurial point guard and leftover from the team’s major restructuring plan.
Well a source close to Rondo who has talked with the guard since the Stevens hiring said Rondo is looking at the move with a “completely open mind.”
Rondo makes his offseason home in Louisville, Ky., and it’s uncertain when or if Stevens will meet or speak with Rondo before training camp. Stevens was scheduled to be introduced Friday morning at a press conference in Waltham and most certainly will field his share of Rondo questions.
“They both have a lot to prove,” the source said of Stevens and Rondo. “Might as well do it together.”
Rondo, who has two more years left on his contract, is coming off a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to be ready for training camp. Stevens signed a six-year, $22 million deal as coach.