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“When you watch, and you observe and then you have a few days to be on the court with (Hayward), you understand how high his basketball IQ is and the understanding that him and Brad have. They have an unspoken language already between one another, and having that head coach/player relationship, it’s my duty and part of my job to integrate myself in that as well.”
The first day back at Waltham and things are shaping up about as we expected. Brad and Gordon apparently have telepathic powers, and Kyrie wants in on the action.
Seriously, even though it’s been seven years since Hayward and Stevens were last coach and player, they had three solid years together before that; it’s not surprising, then, that Hayward has kind of an inside track on Stevens’ communication style, especially as seen by a guy like Kyrie Irving. I mean, I’ve got jars of pickles that have been in my fridge longer than Kyrie’s been a Celtic.
A lot longer.
OK, I should probably throw them out, but my point still stands. Kyrie hasn’t been a Celtic for very long.
I don’t expect a 2007-ish stampede out of the gates by this Celtics team, but I’m gradually coming around on them. Between Stevens’ cerebral approach to coaching and these guys’ versatility, there’s kind of a fun vibe brewing altogether different from the chip-on-the-shoulder-wanna-make-something-of-it? character of last season’s team.
Page 2: Where Hayward insists he doesn’t have telepathic powers
Finally: Look for the Union Label
Jaylen and Kyrie, a couple of one-and-doners, ought to have plenty of time this season for those late night bull sessions that most college students don’t get around to until their second or third years–caffeine (or other substance) fueled debates about just what exactly Bob Dylan meant by “the pumps don’t work ’cause the vandals broke the handles” and the like.
The rest of the links
Boston Herald: Celtics notebook: Kyrie Irving likes Jayson Tatum’s pedigree