To give you an idea of how Jay Larranaga has helped the Celtics in player development, here is a great anecdote from his work with Marcus Smart.
“I think role models are always really important,” Larranaga said. “And as Marcus and I have worked more and more together, you start to break down all the different parts of Marcus as a person — physically, athletically, career path, all those different things.”
Larranaga noticed similarities between Smart and retired seven-time All-Star Chauncey Billups. So he contacted former Celtics assistant and current Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, who is one of Billups’s closest friends, and asked if Billups might be open to meeting with Smart. Billups responded almost immediately.
“I just thought it was a great role model for Marcus. Even their style of play as physical guards that are really good in pick-and-rolls, really good at hitting the open man and just making all their teammates better, it just seemed to make sense.”
Here is a video of Larranaga working with Smart on his shooting.