Settling in Boston

It’s been a rollercoaster last few months for me.

The season didn’t start out the way we expected in Memphis, and we were struggling early on. We were on the verge of getting it turned around, but then I got traded.

Everyone knows how fondly I felt about the city of Memphis, and that was difficult to leave. But it’s just part of how this industry is. It’s something that, as a player in the NBA, you have to deal with sometimes, and move on.

I’ve done that, and embraced being here in Boston. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s been a great transition so far. The Celtics organization is wonderful. It’s one of the best organizations in any professional sport. I’m happy that I was traded here, and not somewhere else.

I want to thank Boston fans for embracing me in this short time that I’ve been here. It’s been a great ride so far, and an unbelievable experience playing in the Garden. There’s all this history here with the team, and of course, in the city. I’m looking forward to learning more about it.

0123_jb_blog2The 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 had some good conversations with Danny Ainge since the trade, just talking about the situation I’m in here, among other things. Danny and I have had a connection for a while. He spent time in my hometown of Phoenix during his career, and his son actually played against my brother in high school when I was younger. So he’s been around me and known me for a long time. I think there’s kind of a certain degree of understanding between us, which allows us to talk about different things. It’s cool to have that with him.

Danny has done an amazing job here in Boston, and he’s kind of been the architect of the Celtics for the last decade or so. Hopefully, he sees me as a piece of the new puzzle.

GETTING TO KNOW THE CELTICS

One of the great things about coming to the Celtics has been the opportunity to play with Rajon Rondo. Obviously, he’s the franchise player here, and we’ve been able to develop a pretty cool relationship in a short period of time. He’s one of the guys that I can really identify with on this team. We can have conversations about a lot of things outside of basketball as well as the game.

0123_jb_blog1He’s a very clever guy — that’s one of the characteristics that has stuck out to me. That’s what kind of makes him who he is as a person and a player. His game fits his personality. He’s a great and creative passer. He can find angles and places to put the ball where a lot of guys wouldn’t.

There aren’t too many point guards out there like Rondo right now. He’s arguably the best in the league. He’s the ultimate floor general, and there are a lot of things I can learn by just watching the way he commands the court. It’s been a really good experience so far getting to know him, and play alongside him.

One of the other players who has really stuck out to me since I got here is Avery Bradley. I didn’t know how good he was before I got here. When I was in Memphis, we only saw them once or twice a year, and when I was in Toronto, he was playing behind Ray Allen here, so I didn’t see him as much.

But ever since he’s been starting and playing a lot of minutes, he’s been doing really well. He’s probably the best on-ball defender in the league. He’s a very good player, and I think he has the potential to be a great player. Unfortunately he got injured recently, but we hope he’s able to come back soon.

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.

Obviously, the NBA part of basketball is a little bit new to him, but he knows the game and has an amazing basketball mind. He eats, sleeps and breathes basketball, and you have to love that.

Boston Celtics v Denver NuggetsThe way he goes about teaching sets him apart a little bit. He’s a very positive guy. A lot of coaches are screamers and yellers. Brad stays positive no matter if it’s good, bad or ugly. That’s something that’s kind of rare in the league, especially nowadays.

FINDING MY ROLE

One of the toughest parts of coming to a team in the middle of a season is trying to learn your role on the fly. When you haven’t had training camp with a team or anything like that, trying to figure out what they want is not easy. So I’m just trying to listen and learn what this team needs from me, what exactly they want me to do and what is expected of me. It’s something I can only figure out through playing. If I continue to work at it, I think it will work itself out.

The biggest thing I have to focus on is continued growth as a player. I don’t have any personal goals or anything like that. I just want to continue to grow and see what happens from there. If I can do that and play the way I’m capable of playing, I think I’ll be okay. Hopefully, that will put the team in a position where they want to bring me back. One of my main goals is to go out there and play well, and just try to help as much as I can. So I’m hoping to get back on the floor real soon and start working at that.

Houston Rockets v Boston CelticsLooking 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.

With any young team, one of the challenges is being ready to play every day. It’s a matter of finding that consistent approach, and that’s tough for guys who haven’t been in the NBA that long. Consistency is something even I’ve struggled with since I’ve been in the league. But that’s something as a team, we have to continue to get better at as well. Honestly, I think that’s the most important thing for us.

Making the playoffs is definitely a reasonable goal for this team, especially in the East. You just never know what will happen. I think we have the pieces, the right mind frame, and a great coach, so we should be able to accomplish that.

But we’re not really thinking about that right now. We’re just thinking about getting better every day. With this young team, I think Brad’s main focus is to continue to build and have everybody get better as a unit. So I wouldn’t say that making the playoffs is the main goal, but I’m sure they wouldn’t be disappointed if we did.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Before I go, I want to shout out all the people who have followed and encouraged me through this up and down journey. Thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully, Boston could be one of the last stopping points for me in a long career.

30 replies
    • rb
      rb says:

      Well written JB. I think the Celtics are a team that rewards hustle and effort and it looks like you have those 2 things down. Hope you get a contract with us in the future.

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    • elgirrl
      elgirrl says:

      Welcome to Boston Jerryd. We hope that you have a lot of success here and you’ll be playing with the Celtics for a long time to come. Yes, it’s true that the Celtics have great fans, and not only in Boston, but all over the US and around the world. We stick with the team through the good times, and the rough times. Glad that you’re happy here, and best of luck to you.

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  1. Kricheck
    Kricheck says:

    Glad to have you on the Celtics man! Love the team and feel great about its future. Hope to see you back on the court ASAP.

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  2. Robert McDougall
    Robert McDougall says:

    Jerryd I am Inpressed never seen this before from any player in the league a blog about there experience in the NBA this is really neat. To be honest when my team (The Grizzlies) trade a player I want to feel good about the trade by the player we traded to do bad but thats the complete opposite now! Wish you the best of luck Jerryd!

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  3. Shanibal
    Shanibal says:

    Welcome to Boston Jerryd. We the fans of Boston welcome you to The Celtics and we wish you longevity in your career here. I wish you a speedy recovery from your injury. God bless.

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  4. Tom Kubank
    Tom Kubank says:

    I’m rooting for you man, you have an amazing skillset. Keep grinding and I’m sure great things will happen for you while you’re in Boston. You’re a great role model for everybody.

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  5. Theodor
    Theodor says:

    As a Celtics fan I’m impressed with your positive attitude, willing to make the commitment to this team, and, of course, the way you killed us in the past lol. Welcome to Boston and hope you can bring the energy for our rebuilding team. Wish you longevity and success in your career here.

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  6. Michael
    Michael says:

    Just wanted to say welcome to Boston! Very nicely written and as a fan appreciate reading your thoughts. Look forward to you getting back out on the floor.

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  7. james donelson
    james donelson says:

    I have been a Celts fan since the 1950′s and have seen all the great seasons and a few down periods. The potential for the current team, including yourself, is obvious. Hopefully, as Danny Ainge rebuilds our team and Brad Stevens molds it, you will be a part of the result and enjoy the thrills that include championships and banners at the Garden. The Celtics only raise Championship banners unlike some teams that celebrate division or conference results. You are in a special place with a national fan base, good luck and have a healthy productive career.

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  8. Russell
    Russell says:

    I love to see a player say these things. It is great to hear that you have a good attitude and enthusiasm for the Boston Celtics and for the game itself. As a Celtics fan I am rooting for your growth as a player to earn a place in the Celtics long term plans. Work as hard as you can JB and Celtics nation will love you.

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  9. Homer
    Homer says:

    Hey Jerryd,

    We’re happy to have you here in Boston. I think you, Rondo and Avery have the potential to form a dynamic guard situation. Can’t wait to watch you all flourish for the rest of the season. Good luck and keep up the great work!

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  10. Jorge Lugo
    Jorge Lugo says:

    Just want to thanks you for being humble and give all your efforts for this franchise. Hope you stay for a long time.

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  11. Alex Bernabe
    Alex Bernabe says:

    Boston is lucky to have you JB. Aside from your BB skills, your character fits perfectly in the great Celtics teams the Red built and Danny is now pursuing. We look forward to your stay in Boston. Best wishes!

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  12. Sagedog
    Sagedog says:

    Hey, Jerryd, welcome to Beantown! Hope you recover from your toe injury soon and get back on the court for us. Many looked at you only as salary reduction from Courtney’s contract, but hope you can play up to your potential and secure a long-term stay with us. Think you’ll be a great addition to our new and younger group and that you’ll become an integral part of the Celtics moving forward to Banner 18! Well wishes to you, from Down Under!

    A long-time Celtics fan (and I mean LONG… watched Heinsohn along with Bill Russell, the Jones boys, Havlicek, Cousy, Red and all the legends as a kid growing up in Boston), now living in Australia

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  13. Miked
    Miked says:

    Stumbled upon this while reading celtics news, I have to say I’m impressed. Your a very easy going respectful genuine dude. I hope it works out for you here, and I know as a celtics for years, we would love to have you here for awhile. Good read man hope to hear from you more. GO C’S!

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