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Wasn't expecting this...
BOSTON -- "The Boston Celtics have hired Butler's Brad Stevens as head coach.
The team and the university made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Stevens has spent the last six years as the head coach of Butler, twice leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game.
Stevens replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers."
This post was edited by mcb0703 9 months ago
Going to be interesting to see how he adjusts to dealing with a team full of stars.
Luckily for him he won't have to deal with too many stars in Boston
Not in the least.
Seems like an odd choice by both parties.
I thought he would stick around Indianapolis for a bit longer, but maybe his parents are retiring and will be less focused on staying in the area.
As a professional move, I think this is clever. Boston is gutting the roster, so it will have next to no expectations for the upcoming year. Not winning won't tarnish his reputation. Winning will just make it shine all the more. Butler was moving into a conference with a lot of schools with good basketball programs. It already showed it wasn't quite up to VCU and St. Louis in the A-10. If it faltered against Marquette, Georgetown, Xavier, et al., then a lot of people would begin to wonder if Stevens might have been the beneficiary of some really screwy luck to get to two NCAA finals and wonder if he is quite all that as a coach. (I tend to think he did get a lot of really screwy luck, but you kind of have to, and he is a great coach.)
So when a destination job opens in college in a couple of years (Duke, UNC, etc), he'll have an unsullied reputation as a college coach and the recruiting selling point of an NBA coaching career. He'll thus be in the perfect position to head to an NCAA Mecca, if he so chooses.
I take it Rick Barnes turned them down
Couldn't have said it better.
Maybe you could have said it less wordier.
Barnes to Butler?
should've held out for the Texas gig.
I honestly thought they'd go with Del Negro initially. I don't know what to take from this as a Celtics fan. Mostly because I don't watch college ball.
Based on who is on their roster, not really.
Ahh, the Rick Pitino program.
If you're a Celtics can you should be thanking god they didnt hire Del Negro. He might have been the single worst NBA HC the last 3 years.
I like Stevens and he's an excellent coach. But I'm having a hard time thinking of any great NBA coaches who came from a college background. Anybody think of any?
Brown was already mentioned. Here are some other coaches who started in college, moved to the NBA, and had 50+ win seasons or made the finals:
Dick Motta (Bulls, Bullets, Mavs)
Bill Fitch (Celtics)
Cotton Fitzsimmons (Kings, Suns)
John McLeod (Suns, Mavs)
This post was edited by bierce 9 months ago
Larry was a head coach in the pros (ABA and NBA) for seven years before taking his first college job.
He is an unusual dude. He is a Coach. Doesn't matter the level.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
This one is a shocker. Not only that he was offered, but that he took the job. The Celtics are in the process of blowing up their roster and basically will have a rehabbing Rajon Rondo and nobody. That is a coaching nightmare.
Current NBA coaches who were once head coaches in college; however, all the men listed below left college to become NBA assistants before ascending to an NBA head coaching position.
Tom Thibodeau, Chicago (1 yr Salem State)
Steve Clifford, Charlotte (4 yrs Adelphi)
Rick Adelman, Minnesota (6 yrs Chemetka CC)
Greg Popovich, San Antonio (8 yrs Pomona-Pitzer)
That's why I think that whatever the motivations, while it's nearly 100 percent certain that Stevens will make it three years, it's less than 50/50 that he'll coach out the contract. Either they won't win fast enough, and he'll be fired, or they won't win fast enough, and Ainge will be fired, then Stevens will be fired. If they're in the 45-50 win range by year three, things change.
This is the pros, not college. There are 30 teams with largely the same expectations, not a couple hundred that vary from top to bottom.
bierce, I think you're as close as anybody in your evaluation of Stevens's potential future. I don't think he's looking to the next college job. However, if you look hard enough, you can pick holes in the record. Frankly, Mark Few's record is better, even though he hasn't made the FF.
If he doesn't get past 30 wins after year two, I think people will be expecting him to bail.
This post was edited by Bob in Houston 9 months ago
Vinny is an awful coach. You should be very thankful the Celtics didn't go after him. Everyone is an upgrade over him.
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