Wow! Talk about a nice hire. What he did with mid-level talent at Butler should translate in this rebuilding process for the Celtics
Great young coach to build a young team around. Future looks bright in Boston.
Bold move from Ainge but I love it and it looks like he'll be afforded more job security due to his age but that doesn't detract from the fact that Stevens is one of the best defensive coaches out there.
Wow is right. I love it. Build this young team with a young coach who can coach defense, has a calm demeaner and knows his &$#%#&@!. Absolutely love it. Was kind of concerned what they were going to do coaching wise but they sure pulled it out of the bag.
I'm surprised I didn't think he would leave Butler for anyone once he turned down UCLA.
I love it! Stevens has really come a long way in such a short amount of time. What he did with those Butler teams was nothing short of incredible, and I can't wait to see the system he runs. He runs an extremely slow offense, at least in college, so it makes me a little nervous considering most Celtics' fans want to see Rondo on an untempo team. But with that aside, the man went to back to back NCAA Tounry games with some of the worse talent to even play in that game.
Deep down though I wish Brad would of stayed at Butler.
That came out of no where.
How long is his leash going to be? How much longer is Ainge going to last? I thought it was someone trolling when I first read the title.
Reunite Hayward with Stevens
Hayward/Trey Burke for Rondo
Bold move. Not sure he is going to be successful. At Butler for the most part he had to deal with student athletes. Now he is going to have to deal with an entirely different type of player. If Pitino was not successful in Boston I'm not sure why Stevens would be.
Rick Pitino the gawd.
Looks like I'm one of the few who doesn't like it.
He dealt with a smaller school at Butler without big ego players...this is the NBA you're not going to have a team full of guys like that (at least not a successful one) I just can't see guys like Rondo, Crawford, Brooks, Humphries responding well to him
It certainly looks like a good higher but the NBA is a different animal. The expectations won't be that high at first but to enter a rebuilding situation in the NBA can be frustrating. You can be the greatest coach in the world but without some star power you aren't going to compete for a title. Rondo is a great point guard but he isn't a player that can carry a franchise in my mind. We will see how he reacts to losing and how much talent they can get him over the next few years...that will determine how successful he will be in the long run.
Brad Stevens' only problem is getting a hold of the locker room. From a basketball IQ/game time decisions standpoint, he's solid. Better than Pitino in that regard. That's not to say that he's a lock to be successful, but it was a bold hire that could absolutely pay off.
check out that brain on Brad!
I think people need to understand that the Celtics are in a rebuilding stage now. Who is going to have an ego on this team besides Rondo, Jeff Green? Sully, Avery, and Olynyk were all in college and saw first hand what type of guy and coach Steven is, and those three are part of their rebuilding nucleous. The players are going to respect him, and his system is defense oriented, so I think he will translate better than Petino.
Brad Stevens won't have a problem getting the respect of the players.
1. Danny Ainge backs him which is evident by the six year contract given to him. For Stevens to leave Butler, the security must be serious.
2. He won't be in awe.
3. It's not like Stevens is a Nick Saban type of person. He's a player's coach. He won't come in trying to force his will or something. They'll love him because he's got that ability to be both funny, yet straight forward and demanding. He keeps it real. He's a positive/optimist type of coach. He's also young enough where he'll relate to a lot of the guys. He's a born leader.
4. He's a hard worker and the players will respect him for that.
5. There'll be an adjustment in the NBA, but he can flat out coach his ass off. He's a perfectionist.
I think this is a great hire.
Perfect Head Coach for what Boston is trying to do here guys. It's not like he's walking into a locker room with with 31 year KG, Allen and PP trying to win a Chip. He's going to be coaching Fab Melo, Green, Bradley, Sullinger, and Brooks. And most likely after this year one top 4 draft pick and maybe another late first rounder.
After two years I think Boston will look like OKC. Where all most all their building blocks will be 23 and under.
Only player they have to watch out for is Rondo. I don't think he's up for this. I would move him before it gets ugly for everyone.
As a Celtics fan I love this hire, I hope he has a long tenure of success with the Celtics and gets Rondo on board without too much trouble. Looking forward to the Celtics future now, still wish we didn't have Olynyk though.