BOSTON – With the NCAA national championship game just hours away, there are a couple members of the Boston Celtics that will have a special interest in tonight’s contest between Kentucky and Connecticut.
Rajon Rondo and assistant coach Walter McCarty both played at the University of Kentucky, with McCarty having won a national championship there under head coach Rick Pitino back in 1996. The former Celtic forward showed off that title ring on Twitter over the weekend as he rooted on the Cats against Wisconsin.
Brad Stevens was asked today at practice whether he had heard some extra trash talk from Rondo or McCarty as the Wildcats have made an impressive run to the championship game.
“Walter has been [talking]. I haven’t heard Rondo, but I put my headphones in whenever he starts talking about Kentucky,” Stevens said with a smile.
Stevens knows the duo will be fully engaged during the matchup this evening.
“They’re excited about that. Those two have a large rooting interest in tonight’s game,” Stevens said.
Despite Kentucky’s impressive talent, even the most loyal Wildcat supporters didn’t expect the team to make a run to championship game and that list includes Rondo. In a bracket he released on Twitter before the tournament, the point guard picked Louisville to eliminate his alma mater in the Sweet 16.
Connecticut and Kentucky face off tonight at 9:10 P.M. ET.