The Tampa Bay Rebels would like to extend a special thank you to Kevin Eastman, Assistant Coach of the Boston Celtics, for taking the time to answer our "5 Quick Questions." Coach Eastman has been with the Celtics for 7 years, and has 22 years of experience on the college level serving as both head coach and assistant throughout his career. He has also worked with the Nike Basketball Acadamies and has conducted various international clinics. Coach Eastman also provides a wealth of information for coaches and players through a variety of media outlets. Please visit www.kevineastmanbasketball.com, www.coachingulive.com, or follow him on twitter @kevineastman to take advantage of his knowledge and experience.
What was the most important ingredient to the Boston Celtics’success during the 2008 championship season?
"(It) would have been our culture and how we built strong relationships with our players that allowed them to trust us."
Are there any attributes, aside from talent, that consistently separate those players who are able to stay in the NBA for a few years from those players who last only a year or two?
"Drive, focus, and a competitive motor"
Can you describe a typical NBA practice for us? How long does it last, and how hard are the players expected to compete, given that you play an 82 game season?
"We are different - we go hard, but short. (Our practices last) probably 90 minutes, and we go very hard."
Although teams develop game plans for each opponent, are players responsible for watching video and preparing themselves outside of practice? If so, how much time does the average player put into preparing themselves?
"This varies a lot. The more experienced players know the league and its players so well that they may not have to look at as much film. It really varies."
We hear a lot about team defense with the Celtics. What are some keys to becoming a good individual defender and a good team defender?
"The biggest key is the "buy in," which comes back to trust. Defense starts with a mind set, and the best defensive teams have a "willing defenders" mindset."