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Stevens reached out to each player on the roster upon accepting the job and was pleased to receive responses from all of them.
“I heard back from everybody and they were great,” he said. “Jeff (Green) called right back and Jared (Sullinger) got right back to me. … The response for them has really been kind and good, so I’m looking forward to working with them.”
Stevens met Avery Bradley, who was at the Celtics practice facility, in person prior to his introductory press conference. President of Basketball Operations noted Stevens wants to meet more players over the coming weeks to begin getting to know one another. That includes Rajon Rondo, who has been at the center of coachability talks since the hiring.
“I know that they talked and it sounded like their talk went really well,” said Ainge. “They want to get together...