Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens recently spoke with reporters and discussed various topics, including Vitor Faverani, Rajon Rondo, and his strategy as training camp approaches. Embedded below is the interview and the full transcription of the entire video.
Q: Do you think you can get a gauge on where you're at with the team now?
A: I'm in pretty good shape. I've got a great staff and they've been great about answering any questions that I would've had. Now, like anything else, you've got to come up with a progression about getting as much in as you possibly can in a short amount of time. And also a philosophy on how you're going to treat the exhibition games -- and the exhibition season -- and the practices you'll get during that month.
Q: From seeing guys practice now, can you get a sense about what you're going to get?
A: You can glean a ton from those things, even just a two or three person workout, just how quickly things are applied, you know, what kind of conditioning people are in, what kind of extra work they did over the summer that might not be reflective of their stats of the past, and maybe sometimes you find out something you didn't know. Like a guy that hasn't been much of a perimeter shooter is shooting the basketball or a guy that maybe shot a better percentage and doesn't shoot it as well. You know, those things are things you find out in a short amount of time. More than anything it's about building relationships and you're building that rapport on the basketball court.
Q: Are there any veterans that have yet to show up?
A: There are a couple that will be here -- most of the guys have been here at least for a few days -- but there are a few that will be here at the end of next week or early the following week, which is fine. But most of the guys have been through.
Q: What have you seen from Vitor Faverani in workouts?
A: I think he's a skilled big, he can shoot the basketball, he can score it on the block, he is a big, long guy, and he's a really nice kid who wants to learn. He's still very young although he's been a professional for quite awhile but I think he's going to be a good player.
Q: Do you have any sense of how you'll incorporate and use him?
A: You look for things you can do within a system to take advantage of all your big strengths but do I have an exact sense? No, because I don't know who will win those spots and whom he'll be playing with. I have a general sense of what guys do well and I'm starting to formulate ideas of guys that will best fit together, but it's hard to tell right now until -- we haven't seen any of these guys play five-on-five as a group or really get up and down, and we're limited to what we can do in the preseason.
Q: Has Rondo gotten a chance to come back and have you talked to him in the past week or so?
A: Rondo was here last week -- the whole week -- and was great. I spent a lot of time with him on the court. He's obviously limited with what he can do on the court but he's a worker, that's one thing that's very noticeable; his work ethic is very good and it impacts the other guys in the gym. We spent a lot of time together and he was great, he was great the whole time.
Q: What is your general sense of how he will approach this season?
A: My general sense is that he's really excited. He is excited about the challenge of a new season; he's excited about the challenge of a new situation. He seems to be excited. I don't want to speak for him and put words in his mouth but every time we've talked it's been a really engaging conversation.
Q: How do you balance what you can do with him as a player, but you also know you can't get your hands on him as quickly as you'd like to?
A: It's a very good question and that's something you have to balance. You're going to introduce some things that may be best for him on October 7th in our first exhibition game and he may not be available. So, you're going to have to figure out where you go from there and how to best-fit pieces into those spots. But we have a lot of versatile guys and we'll be able to -- when he's not playing -- do things that are conducive to the skill sets of others; and when he's playing, incorporate him into it easily.