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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 pm  |  21 responses

Brad Stevens Hired as Boston Celtics Head Coach


A very young man, Brad Stevens, has been employed by the Boston Celtics to lead them into their increasingly uncertain future. Stevens — five months younger than Kevin Garnett — becomes the 17th head coach in Celtics history. Per the press release: “Stevens, age 36, has served for the past six years as the head coach of Butler University, never winning fewer than 22 games and leading the Bulldogs to two national championship games against Duke and Connecticut. He was the youngest coach to reach the Final Four since Bob Knight in 1973. A native of Zionsville, Indiana, Stevens was a three-time academic All-America nominee while earning four varsity letters at DePauw University, before graduating with a degree in economics. He later joined the Butler University program as the coordinator of basketball operations under then-coach Thad Matta, before being named head coach in 2007. ‘Brad and I share a lot of the same values,’ said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. ‘Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18.’”

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  • Cory

    Good for him, good for the Celtics, bad loss for college basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Great hire.

  • Will Lee

    WOW WOW WOW. love that run to NCAA Finals. I hope he pulls the magic in Boston as well

  • roscoe

    Um… good for him = yes. bad loss for college hoops = yes.

    good for BOS = rickP 2.0

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I like Brad Stevens but he aint ready for the NBA CULTURE OR NBA LIFESTYLE he is gonna realize that the NBA aint no mid majors and how is he gonna deal with the players in college he was coaching innocent white boys like Gordon Hayward&Matt Howard and harmless black guys like Shevin Mack now he has to deal with NI66GAS LIKE RAJON RONDO AND JORDAN CRAWFORD

  • Shaun Owens

    Other than the fact that him and Rick Pitino have nothing in common as far as coaching style, character traits, and ego, I would say you are right. He may not fit in with the AAU style of play that the nba has turned into, but it will not be because he is “rickP 2.0″.

  • LakeShow

    Your crazy man.

  • OfftheWall87

    Something tells me he and Rondo won’t be a nice fit. So Rondo will be gone by next February.

  • shockexchange

    (1) He has not talent + (2) He can’t recruit = (3) epic fail.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I KNOW EVIL WAYS 666 #NOFUTURE

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    He does have a point though. Brad Stevens is going to find it tough to go from coaching guys like Gordon Hayward to Jordan Crawford. Jordan Crawford is one crazy dude.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I mean he has to have SOME talent, man. Back-to-back NCAA championship games is something to be said about his coaching level considering the limited amount of talent he had on those teams, which might be something to be said about his recruiting skills. He did miss out on the homegrown Cody Zeller sweepstakes. But does college recruiting skills really have something to do with NBA success? Calipari is one hell of a recruiter but you didn’t see him rip through in the NBA with his stints with the Nets.
    I am not saying Stevens will be an instant success, but let’s not take away the fact that he was one helluva college coach.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Jordan Crawford is my mans doe real talk ever since he dunked on lebron ass and had those nike crackers up in Oregon trying to burn the tape and threaten ESPN not to air the footage

  • shockexchange

    Stephens is a talented coach. That’s obvious. However, the Shock Exchange thinks the Celtics have no talent. Isn’t that why Doc is bailing? Also, you can’t recruit in the NBA and any picks you get out of the draft will take 2-3 years to develop, if at all.

  • Ugh

    See ML Carr for advice – ‘more brutal than I expected’ and ‘we were experimenting’.

  • Ben Ireland

    You ok, dude? Wanna sit down for a little while?

  • roscoe

    if i say “good for BOS = rickP 2.0″ there is zero room 4 debate.

    I’ve seen bStevns slicked hair, fancy caddilacs, and pinky rings.

  • roscoe

    college hoops = kiddy pool w/ arm floatees on a boogie board.

    nba = 3X overhead teahupoo.

    do u believe every little leaguer deserves a trophy?

    BOS is in rebuild & this is like a bearded woman attraction.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I misread your comment earlier. I kind of left out the “in boston” part. So yes, I agree that there in not that much talent left to use in Boston.
    But let’s not put the Epic Fail tag on him yet. We have much more time for that when he clashes when Rondo.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Totally agree with the college hoops and NBA comparison, but I think the outstanding little leaguers DO deserve trophies.
    After all, some major leaguers grow up playing in the little leagues.
    Who else was out there left for Boston to grab for the job anyways? Not all coaches want to coach a team that is clearly in rebuild mode.
    I just want to give this guy a chance before being pegged as an Epic Fail even before his first practice.

  • roscoe

    to answer your question:

    i. any number of nba assistants w/ 10 years of experience
    ii. a former BOS player (i.e. jkidd for d’Nets)
    iii. an international coach
    iv. a current nba analyst that is more qualified than bStevns
    v. dannyAinge
    vi. Antone Walker
    vii. a BOS team dancer
    viii. a southy local

    ix. harvard’s basketball coach

    little leaguers deserve reality… which is a message that they stink

    holding to hope is a good thing, don’t let me crush ur glass castle

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