Boston Celtics Hiring Walter McCarty as Assistant Coach

by August 21, 2013

Former Boston Celtics forward Walter McCarty is re-joining the team as an assistant coach under new head coach Brad Stevens. Per CSNNE and the Boston Globe: “McCarty played 10 years in the NBA, including seven seasons with the Celtics. McCarty was a role player for the Celtics during his years on the team. He finished with career averages of 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. McCarty spoke about Stevens in early July, and it was clear then that he was a fan of him. ‘Obviously this guy knows basketball, and he does a really great job of getting the best of his players,’ McCarty said. ‘I think if you’re rebuilding here and you’re bringing in young players, I don’t think there’s a better guy out there to bring in and help these players develop and be the best they can be.’ McCarty had a good idea of what Stevens was all about even before he was hired by Danny Ainge. ‘He’s very cerebral. He’s very intense over there,’ McCarty said. ‘He doesn’t get too high, he doesn’t get too low, but he brings a great temperament to the sidelines. He’s just a great X’s and O’s coach, all of his players love him. Like I said, there’s so many players he had at Butler that you never heard of before, and they end up becoming lottery picks. So he does a very good job.’ […] With the addition of McCarty, a 6-foot-10-inch forward who played for the Celtics from 1997 to 2005, to new head coach Brad Stevens’s staff, Stevens, who has no NBA experience, gains the valuable perspective of an ex-NBA player that should help ease Stevens’s transition into the league. McCarty is also a product of the Kentucky Wildcats, as is Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. A league source had previously said that the Celtics were looking to add a staff member ‘who can bond with Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust.’ McCarty spent three seasons as an assistant coach to Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a former Celtics president and coach who coached McCarty at Kentucky. McCarty also served as an assistant under former Indiana coach Jim O’Brien, who coached McCarty in Boston.”