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Irish Coffee: Rajon Rondo, Don Draper, Kevin Love sales pitches

06.03.14 at 11:58 am ET
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When asked about his conversation with Timberwolves star Kevin Love at Fenway Park over the weekend, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo responded in typical Rondo fashion during an impromptu session with the Boston media as the C’s worked out a number of potential draft prospects in Waltham on Monday.

“I talked to Kevin for about 39 seconds,” said Rondo. “It wasn’t too long. We didn’t talk a lot.”

A lot can be said in 39 seconds. For example, “I love it here, and if you come to Boston, we’d instantly be a playoff team in the East. Danny Ainge knows how to build a championship team around All-Stars, so let’s do this.” That took less than 10 seconds. They could’ve still chatted about the weather and some restaurant recommendations.

“A pitch?” Rondo told reporters. “No, I think the only pitches that were thrown were by Jon Lester. He threw out a couple pitches. I didn’t pitch anything. I just told him to enjoy his time here.”

Not exactly a page out of Jordan Belfort‘s book. Rondo’s going to need to watch “Wolf of Wall Street” again.

“€œI trust a lot in Danny,”€ Rondo added. “€œHe’€™s turned this thing around before, so I don’€™t not have any faith in Danny. I believe in Danny. I think we do need another big-time player, but that’€™s all his job. He’€™s working on that now.”

I don’t not have any faith in Danny. A ringing endorsement! A little more Gordon Gekko this time.

“At the end of the day, I want to win,” said Rondo. “I want to win now, and I’m sure Danny will have the guys in here that will be able to compete for a title. I don’t want to just make the playoffs or get to the first or second round. When I compete and when I make it to the playoffs, I want to and I expect to win every time.”

That’s a little better. It’s going to take a Don Draper-level sales pitch to get Kevin Love to Boston, though.

“€œI don’€™t need to say how good he is,” Rondo said. “The world sees it every night, sees his stats every night. He puts up great numbers. But I think he wants to win now. The team to beat is the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs, but either way both teams have been dominating these last couple seasons, so I think a lot of teams have to rethink their teams and the structure of their rosters and try to make adjustments. The two or three years we were pretty good, the Miami Heat geared up to beat the Boston Celtics, and then before that we geared up to beat the Pistons. So, it’s just a matter of putting the right team together to go beat the Heat and Spurs.”

Makes total sense. Still going to need to sweeten the deal, though. Think Blake in “Glengarry Glen Ross” now.

“We’d be a lot better if we had a guy like Kevin. He’€™s a range-shooting 4. He’€™s going to help on the glass. Obviously, we haven’€™t been the best on the glass the last couple years. He’€™ll do a better job at that aspect. But this is all speculation. Nothing’€™s happened; nothing’€™s set in stone. We could talk about Kevin all day, or we can insert Carmelo [Anthony]’€™s name in there all day. Nothing’€™s happened. We have a couple [weeks] left before the draft; things might shake up around that time. You never know. It’€™s a long summer until the beginning of training camp.”

Now you’re talking. It’s almost like you know something that we might not. And what’s this about Melo? Thanks for bringing that up, by the way. Hadn’t thought of that one before. Oh, wait, now that you mention it.

RONDO HEARTS BOSTON

A couple more quotes of note from Rondo’s press conference.

  • “I’ve been enjoying my time in Boston. I went to a Bruins game, a pretty big playoff game a couple weeks back, and then [Sunday] I went to a Red Sox game and had some great seats on the Monster, so I’ve just been enjoying my summer here. I’m ready for the sun to stay the same for a couple weeks.”
  • “I don’t like change, really, and I’m pretty comfortable. I have a beautiful home here. I love it. I love it here. I’ve got a great neighbor. I’ve got the best neighbor in the world, so I don’t want to leave. It’s just part of the process that I’ll talk about once the season is over, but as of now I’m a Celtic. I’m training here. The staff has been pretty good as far as my rehab. I’ve been working with [Bryan] Doo a lot and Ed Lacerte every day, so this is home for me now. … This will be probably my first summer where I actually spend the majority of the summer in Boston. Usually, I’ve always gone back to Kentucky. I’ve had my camps in the past, which I still do have my camps coming up, but as soon as the season’s over I’ve always been right out of here. But this season has been a little bit different. Obviously, I want to continue to get my knee stronger, and for the most part my kids are here in school, so I have no reason to go anywhere else.”

I’m fascinated by this neighbor, by the way. He’s surely the same guy Rondo mentioned playing in cornhole on a nightly basis a couple summers back. Total bros. This needs to be its own local cable show.

AVERY BRADLEY DOESN’T ROCK THE VOTE

After making the NBA All-Defensive second team last season, Avery Bradley received just one first team and three second team votes this season, leaving him well short of a second straight bid. Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala were the first team guards while Patrick Beverly and Jimmy Butler filled out the second team.

Likewise, guards Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Ricky Rubio, Lance Stephenson, Kyle Lowry, Eric Bledsoe and Kirk Hinrich all received more votes than Bradley, suggesting his leap forward offensively coincided with a step backward defensively. (I’m taking Bradley over Hinrich every day and twice on Sunday, but still.)

Comcast’s A. Sherrod Blakely is the lone Boston voter — and only voter from the Atlantic Division, for that matter — to endorse Bradley, and that was a second team nod. His first team vote came from Nuggets play-by-play man Chris MarloweCavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd and Clippers color commentator Michael Smith rounded out Bradley’s votes. Rondo received one second team vote, from 76ers beat writer Bob Cooney.

THERE’S A DRAFT IN HERE

The Celtics hosted a workout for the following players on Monday: Providence College’s Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts; UMass’ Chaz Williams; Nevada’s Deonte Burton; Arizona’s Nick Johnson; Louisville‘s Russ Smith; San Diego State’s Xavier Thames; Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry; Harvard’s Kyle Casey; Texas-Arlington’s Reger Dowell; Xavier’s Semaj Christon; and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

The C’s are scheduled to host these players on Tuesday: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson; UConn’s DeAndre Daniels; Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early; North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston of the D-League; Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels; and North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren.

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