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Breaking: Celtics hire Brad Stevens as head coach

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM
I got this at work, so this is a brief post until later. The Celtics have ended their coaching search by hiring Butler head coach Brad Stevens. My first reaction,is that this is not the best choice. I don't think college coaches work well in the NBA. Rick Pitino as an example. Larry Brown was the exception. I know some may like this,but I need to soak this up,and read more about this guy.

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Reply paul
6:06 PM on July 3, 2013 
hard to read this
Reply shawn cassidy
6:11 PM on July 3, 2013 
paul says...
hard to read this


Don't like it? Everyone loves the move. I'm on the fence about it.
Reply paul
6:14 PM on July 3, 2013 
I'm thinking that this could be an inspired and brilliant choice. Why are you on the fence Shawn? I think he's young enough and smart enough and intense enough that he and Rondo may see each other roughly as equals, and communicate that way. I hope. Are you bothered by him being a college coach? I think that part, and his particular background, says that Danny is pretty serious about developing talent.
Reply shawn cassidy
6:21 PM on July 3, 2013 
Yeah, the college thing is huge. Your points are right on also. I think the fact that Danny can mold someone is a plus. I also think you had a lot of assistant coaches,or past coaches who could have done the job,and they have paid some dues.
Reply paul
7:32 PM on July 3, 2013 
shawn cassidy says...
Yeah, the college thing is huge. Your points are right on also. I think the fact that Danny can mold someone is a plus. I also think you had a lot of assistant coaches,or past coaches who could have done the job,and they have paid some dues.


I hear that about folks who have paid their dues. But to me this is the first move by Danny that I see as Rondo-friendly, assuming that removing all the folks who had been overshadowing Rondo was not itself a Rondo-friendly move, which perhaps it was. I have said all along that Rondo is a guy who has the potential to change the way the game is played, and the way it is thought of. I don't understand why so few folks seem to see this. I often think back on Magic Johson. At first folks really just thought of Magic as kind of a weirdly tall point guard who could do tricky stuff. Eventually there was a realization that Magic had raised the Fast Break to another level - eg, they supposedly had actual plays for their fast breaks, which was unheard of at the time as I recall. For Magic to really unleash his potential, a coaching change had to occur.

A lot of the discussion on other blogs about what might happen with Rondo next year has centered around anxieties that a new coach, especially a young one, would not be able to handle the 'difficult' Rondo. I find such talk rather disgusting. Why isn't anyone concerned that a new coach engage in a battle of wills with Rondo and cramp his style? I think this would be, if anything, especially likely if we had hired an NBA asst. coach. Such a coach would have his own ideas about how to run the team, probably not his own ideas at all but rather the ideas of the last head coach he coached under, and would probably be insecure and quick to get his back up, and would probably come in with hardened preconceptions about Rondo.

Here we have a guy who has very strong credentials, but not in the NBA. He has his own base of power and prestige, but he's the new guy - so he's hopefully going to be secure, yet open. One hopes. Also, he seems to be a maverick with his own ideas, like Rondo, the outsider who won't back down, and he comes to us from the midwest, like Rondo, which I think is a nice touch, and he appears to be very intelligent. Now, see, THAT is the way to win Rondo' respect, and hopefully it means that he will respect Rondo in turn.

I wonder if these two guys might be able to do something very special together - if they see that s a possibility and don't get caught up in turf wars that Rondo can only lose, but that Stevens can lose too. AS long as the new guy doesn't walk in here determined to keep our best and smartest player, a guy with a potential transformational impact on the game, under control, this could be a fantastic move by Danny. So far, I'm impressed.
Reply Franklin
7:41 PM on July 3, 2013 
Never thought about it that way Paul.. thanks
Reply NeCsFan
9:31 PM on July 3, 2013 
Totally love every point you make Paul. Except one thing. Rondo is from the south lol I'm a midwesterner and trust me, Kentucky is definitely considered the south not the Midwest. Sorry i just had to mess with you hahaha
Reply paul
9:50 PM on July 3, 2013 
I love that Nec! But see, I live in Southern Indiana, and I would say that Southern Indiana is really Northern Kentucky, so....

Guys, I'm excited about this. But now Danny has to make it clear that Rondo is going to be included in planning. No, you do NOT treat all players the same. Rondo has to be thought of as in some ways the key to the way this team gets shaped - or else ship him. When you have a great player, he is more than a part in a machine. That is what almost NO fans seem to get. When you have a great player on your hands, your job as GM or Coach is to enable them to fulfill their potential and vision. Red knew that. Can Ainge figure it out?
Reply NeCsFan
10:13 PM on July 3, 2013 
paul says...
I love that Nec! But see, I live in Southern Indiana, and I would say that Southern Indiana is really Northern Kentucky, so....


Well Paul...I live in Nebraska. The middle of the Midwest and we consider Kentucky the south so... And before you reply, be reminded that you are debating with a girl. And I can take this to degrees of ridiculousness that you cant even imagine. LMFAO.

Seriously though, I think that this hiring is either going to end up being complete genius or complete and utter garbage. My heart is really hoping that all these moves Danny is making are to put Rondo in charge of the team. In my head I see Rondo being a part of this decision if this move was really meant for him. This could be a really creative pairing. But like I said, to me its either a very smart out of the box move or a calculated move to make tanking not look quite as septic as it is
Reply rcraig617
12:51 AM on July 4, 2013 
I'm on the fence about this but I will say stevens did do a good job with subpar talent at butler the past couple of years. I'm honestly excited to see what this new celtics team will look like.
Reply paul
1:57 AM on July 4, 2013 
rcraig617 says...
I'm on the fence about this but I will say stevens did do a good job with subpar talent at butler the past couple of years. I'm honestly excited to see what this new celtics team will look like.

\It's so similar to what is being asked of him herer
Reply paul
2:02 AM on July 4, 2013 
NeCsFan says...
Well Paul...I live in Nebraska. The middle of the Midwest and we consider Kentucky the south so... And before you reply, be reminded that you are debating with a girl. And I can take this to degrees of ridiculousness that you cant even imagine. LMFAO.

Seriously though, I think that this hiring is either going to end up being complete genius or complete and utter garbage. My heart is really hoping that all these moves Danny is making are to put Rondo in charge of the team. In my head I see Rondo being a part of this decision if this move was really meant for him. This could be a really creative pairing. But like I said, to me its either a very smart out of the box move or a calculated move to make tanking not look quite as septic as it is


So so well put. So well put.

Nebraska? Isn't that somewhere near Oregon? ;)
Reply NeCsFan
2:25 AM on July 4, 2013 
@Paul you got jokes lol
Reply paul
6:55 AM on July 4, 2013 
:)

It's not my first joke ever, though it may seem that way...