Celtics Name New Head Coach: Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens: Fresh out of highschool, Stevens looks to teach NBA vets who are older than him a thing or two.

Brad Stevens: Fresh out of highschool, Stevens looks to teach NBA vets who are older than him a thing or two.

Well… the Celtics were out a coach with Doc Rivers moving to LA to coach the best point guard in the game, so they needed a new coach to come in.  But who would take over the reins of this storied franchise?  A franchise that will likely tank next season with the hopes of getting the number-one pick and bringing in Andrew Wiggins?  Brad Stevens of course.  And who the fawk is Brad Stevens?  Some white guy (not that one’s perceived race has anything to do with whether or not they can coach). Well, those of you who follow collegiate basketball may already know the answer to that question.  He is now the former head coach of Butler University’s basketball team who made history by being the youngest coach to ever lose two finals appearances in the NCAA March Madness tournament.  He’s never won fewer than 22 games, a total which I’m sure will be more than enough for the Celtics next season.  In fact, if Stevens cuts that number in half, I’m sure Boston will be fine with that so long as it nets them a high pick in the draft.  Celtics President Danny Ainge said he selected Stevens because he shares similar values, which, coming from Danny Ainge could mean any number of things.  Stevens will be joining the ranks of other collegiate coaches who jumped to the NBA to find great success.  Coaches like: Jerry Tarkanian who left 20 games into his first season; Tm Floyd (no relation to Pink) who took over the Bulls from Phil Jackson; John Calipari who helped the Nets get several high draft picks, and of course former Celtics coach Rick Pitino who ensured the Celtics got a lottery pick every season he coached them.  The Celtics wouldn’t have gotten Paul Pierce without him!  At the end of the day, Stevens should have a really good shot of landing another collegiate coaching gig in 2015 or 2016 with two NCAA finals appearances and an NBA gig on his resume.  College teams love that kind of stuff. 

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