After the saga of what was Doc River’s departure from the Boston Celtics was over, the Celts have continued their face lift with the signing of Brad Stevens, who has coached the Butler Bulldogs for the last six seasons.
Brad Stevens transformed the basketball program at Butler, bringing it from ineptitude to perennial NCAA threat, as he lead the team to 2 NCAA title games in consecutive years (2010 and 2011).
There had been little to no rumors of linking Stevens to any NBA teams as he had signed a 12-year deal with Butler in 2010 and repeatedly turned down offers to larger programs (UCLA among others).
At 36, Stevens becomes the youngest coach in the NBA. Despite his age, Dainny Ainge, Boston Celtics GM, had this to say regarding the hire:
“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.”
Here is what Brad Stevens said to USA Today:
“Our family is thrilled for the opportunity given to us by the leadership of the Boston Celtics, but it is emotional to leave a place that we have called home for the past 13 years,” Stevens said in a statement.
We truly love Butler University and Indianapolis, and are very thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate so many wonderful things together. What makes Butler truly unique is the people that we have been so blessed to work with. When it comes time for our kids to look at schools, we will start with Butler University.”
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