The Boston Celtics are the fifth team that Jerryd Bayless has played for in his short six-year career, and he hopes it's one of his final stops, if not his last. The 25-year-old guard is currently on the mend with a toe injury, but he took the time to write a blog about his experiences with the Celtics so far. He shares some interesting thoughts about the great Celtics' fan base, his new coach and teammates, and the potential that this roster has.
Settling In Boston | The Official Web Site of Jerryd Bayless
The Celtics fan base is really second-to-none in the league. I’ve been lucky enough to play in places where they’ve had really great fans. This fan base takes it to another level. I’m excited to let the relationship continue to grow, and hopefully, it will continue to for a long time. I really want to try to make this work, and make this my home not just this season, but going forward.
I've also been impressed by coach Brad Stevens in my short time here. I knew a little bit about him from when he was at Butler, and they made those runs in the NCAA Tournament. When you have a school such as Butler - which is not a major Division I program - and are able to coach that team to where they went, it's an amazing accomplishment. It says a lot about him.
Looking at what we have here in Boston right now, there are a lot of good people in this organization, and a lot of quality players on this team to put us in a position where we can be a good team. We're a young group, but I think we're capable of being a good team as long as we all continue to grow into our roles.
Bayless says all positive things about the Boston Celtics in his blog, which you can read in its entirety by clicking here. Outside of what is quoted above, he also discussed how much he has learned about guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. He seems to be clicking with them quite quickly off the court, which will only help once he gets back playing.
I also never knew that Danny Ainge and Bayless had a relationship before this trade, which might explain why he has been so open about potentially staying in Boston past this season. The relationship between an organization's front office and its players can't be undervalued, so it's nice to hear that he has a personal relationship with Ainge.
Towards the end of his blog, he discussed the Celtics' potential this year and in the future. At one point, he says that making the playoffs isn't the "main goal," even though he thinks they have a chance to make it, especially in the Eastern Conference.
It's not often a player acknowledges something like that, and honestly, I find it very refreshing to see that honesty. He understands that the plan this year is to develop and improve, both as individuals and as a team. Considering his relationship with Ainge, it wouldn't surprise me if this topic was one of their conversations.
Progress is clearly the most important thing, and he's buying in already. Reading his words, it's obvious that he has respect for Coach Stevens and for his new teammates. The city of Boston has embraced him so far, and I expect that to continue if he has a couple of big games when he returns to action.