The Celtics have found a new coach, and it’s not who you might expect. No, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge didn’t reach out to George Karl, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, or any other recently fired NBA coach with ample experience at the professional level. Instead, the C’s front office decided to go in a different direction by bringing in 36-year-old Brad Stevens.
Stevens recently finished his sixth season as the coach of the Butler Bulldogs, and notably led that program to the NCAA title game in both 2010 and 2011. While young, it’s hard to dispute the fact that Stevens is a fantastic coach who clearly gets a great deal out of limited amounts of talent.
Ainge said that he and Stevens share a lot of the same values as the Celtics announced the hiring, “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.”
The Celtics 2013-14 roster has a lot of new pieces, and some question whether they are in full “rebuild” mode. However, the franchise insists that they are planning to use this upcoming season as a “bridge year,” and Rajon Rondo has gone on record stating that he is ready to guide the team through the process. Hopefully Stevens can develop a quick report with the uber-talented, yet ornery Point Guard as the C’s look to get this thing back on track.