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07:19 AM ET 07.04 | On the Wednesday evening before a long holiday weekend, the Celtics announced Butler's Brad Stevens would become their next head coach, seemingly out of the blue. But in truth, Danny Ainge's first thoughts turned to [Stevens] two Sundays ago, at roughly the same time Doc Rivers' departure for the Los Angeles Clippers was finalized. According to a league source, that's roughly when Ainge approached Stevens, who finally made the decision yesterday to become the 16th head coach in Celtics history. He will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow morning. And he'll be here for a while. The 36-year-old agreed to a six-year, $22-million contract, according to a league source.

Boston Herald

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July 4, 2013  08:19 AM ET

i hope this isnt history repeating itself. Back when they they tanked for the lottery, hired a college coach, lost the lottery (and tim duncan) and spent the next 10 years in mediocrity...

July 4, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Don't think Stevens ego is as big as Pitino and will learn to adapt to the NBA players

July 4, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

i hope this isnt history repeating itself. Back when they they tanked for the lottery, hired a college coach, lost the lottery (and tim duncan) and spent the next 10 years in mediocrity...

Nine first round picks in the next 5 yrs should help in the rebuilding process.

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July 4, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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A coach is only as good as his players.Whether he makes it or doesn't is predicated on ainge filling out the roster

Yes... and now we get to learn a whole lot about the Boston GM, don't we?

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July 4, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And in fairness to him.....
Joe d won a ring for the pistons and its been a decade and they are still rebuilding
The celts have been relevant, and yes now flipping...but the clock starts now

This has been my issue with Donnie Nelson for the last several years...

Since Dirk, who have the Mavs drafted of any consequence? At some point don't you have to hit on someone???

July 4, 2013  09:36 AM ET

My Celtics went cheap. Should have gone after Lionel Hollins or George Karl and paid what they needed to pay. Stevens has nothing to loose. He can jump right from the Celts to an elite college program with "NBA head coaching experience'' on his resume to add to the 2 Final 4's.

July 4, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

My Celtics went cheap. Should have gone after Lionel Hollins or George Karl and paid what they needed to pay. Stevens has nothing to loose. He can jump right from the Celts to an elite college program with "NBA head coaching experience'' on his resume to add to the 2 Final 4's.

Doubt that Hollins or Karl would sign-up for a total 'rebuilding' project.

July 4, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

My Celtics went cheap. Should have gone after Lionel Hollins or George Karl and paid what they needed to pay. Stevens has nothing to loose. He can jump right from the Celts to an elite college program with "NBA head coaching experience'' on his resume to add to the 2 Final 4's.

Disagree. He's the right guy for the situation at hand.

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July 4, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Why didn't they sign VDN?

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July 4, 2013  12:01 PM ET

I think this was a good direction new coach and new players and lots of picks. Danny looked at his roster and said 'Can we beat Heat, Pacers or Knicks as presently constituted?" The obvious answer is no and this is the best long term way to get better.

July 4, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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Disagree. He's the right guy for the situation at hand.

I agree. I think he's a great hire for a young rebuilding situation like what the C's have.

July 4, 2013  01:16 PM ET

Perhaps it's just the "displaced homerism" in me, but this choice is starting to grow on me. Obviously folks are going to throw the "he has no NBA experience" argument out there, but he does have something that all the arguably more experienced first time coaches don't... "Head coaching experience". As has been said and I've repeated before, "In coaching, everything looks a lot different when the assistant moves one chair over." Stevens has sat in the big chair and knows what it takes to implement policy and to be held accountable for it. Not only that, but he's done it on a high level with a team that "literally" no one gave a thought to. Make no mistake, I'm not deluding myself into thinking that this is absolutely a great hire, I'm just trying to view this through my clover shaped, green glasses.

To those who say that the Celtics should trade Rondo or that Rondo won't like this, I say "bollocks" to both. I think it's fair to say that Rondo is far from a dumb jock and being the clearly "cerebral" player that he is, he more than likely welcomes this challenge as an opportunity to cement his legacy along with that of a smart, young coach. We may come to find out that there's more synchronicity here than people thought. Methinks the goal here is to play smarter, better basketball... Celtics basketball.

To quote Mr. Spock, "I am understandably curious."

July 4, 2013  06:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Perhaps it's just the "displaced homerism" in me, but this choice is starting to grow on me. Obviously folks are going to throw the "he has no NBA experience" argument out there, but he does have something that all the arguably more experienced first time coaches don't... "Head coaching experience". As has been said and I've repeated before, "In coaching, everything looks a lot different when the assistant moves one chair over." Stevens has sat in the big chair and knows what it takes to implement policy and to be held accountable for it. Not only that, but he's done it on a high level with a team that "literally" no one gave a thought to. Make no mistake, I'm not deluding myself into thinking that this is absolutely a great hire, I'm just trying to view this through my clover shaped, green glasses.To those who say that the Celtics should trade Rondo or that Rondo won't like this, I say "bollocks" to both. I think it's fair to say that Rondo is far from a dumb jock and being the clearly "cerebral" player that he is, he more than likely welcomes this challenge as an opportunity to cement his legacy along with that of a smart, young coach. We may come to find out that there's more synchronicity here than people thought. Methinks the goal here is to play smarter, better basketball... Celtics basketball.To quote Mr. Spock, "I am understandably curious."

Nice thoughtful post, I agree with you completely. Why trade your best player (Rondo) in his prime? I believe coach Stevens defensive and offensive schemes will be ideal for Rondo's style and gifts.

July 4, 2013  08:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

My Celtics went cheap. Should have gone after Lionel Hollins or George Karl and paid what they needed to pay. Stevens has nothing to loose. He can jump right from the Celts to an elite college program with "NBA head coaching experience'' on his resume to add to the 2 Final 4's.

Nothing to lose.
Loose means "not tight". Learn how to spell.

July 4, 2013  08:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Nice thoughtful post, I agree with you completely. Why trade your best player (Rondo) in his prime? I believe coach Stevens defensive and offensive schemes will be ideal for Rondo's style and gifts.

Thanks! I definitely had to regroup after I found this out. To say it was out of left field is an understatement.

 
July 4, 2013  11:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And in fairness to him.....Joe d won a ring for the pistons and its been a decade and they are still rebuildingThe celts have been relevant, and yes now flipping...but the clock starts now

2007-2008 is only 5 years ago and they were in the eastern conference finals that year. Were close to .500 the following year then tore it apart. If they have 6 years down after 10 years on top I would call that a positive for Joe D. Some people just don't get their facts right.

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