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Report: Brad Stevens is getting a 6 year contract

Chuck - Red's Army July 3, 2013 Brad Stevens, Celtics News 8 Comments

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League sources tell the Herald’s Steve Bulpett that Stevens is getting a six year contract. No word yet on dollars, but I bet it’s in the 2 million dollar range. Stevens was making $1.2 mil at Butler where he had ten years left on his contract.

The list of college coaches who have failed miserably in their NBA debut is long; John Calipari, Tim Floyd, Lon Kruger, Mike Montgomery, Leonard Hamilton, Jerry Tarkanian, Mike Dunlap, to name a few. Before you blurt out Pitino!, remember that he had a mildly successful two year stint with the Knicks.

Expect Ainge to surround Stevens with veteran assistants who have NBA head coaching experience. One name that comes to mind is P.J. Carlesimo.

Another popular story line is whether the young, inexperienced Stevens will be able to coach the stubborn, petulant Rajon Rondo. Prepare yourself for every media blowhard to turn Rondo into Derrick Coleman. I’m not guaranteeing a healthy marriage, but at least give the duo a chance.

Here’s the statement Stevens released through Butler University:

“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,” said Stevens.

“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.”

Reporters, insiders, analysts and fans are all stunned at this hiring. Here’s a sample of the reaction:

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  • Jason Whetzell

    Don’t agree that Rondo is gone based on this hire, that’s ridiculous.

    • Brick James

      You have to admit that at the very least, it’s a deliberate test of Rondo’s leadership capabilities. He has to deal with a coach who didn’t play in the league. He has to play for a coach only slightly older than he, with no coaching experience at this level. Rondo is undoubtedly a great talent with an incredible basketball mind, but the criticism is that he thinks he’s smarter than everyone – EVERYONE – including his coaches. This goes back to even Oak Hill. It may very well be true, but even if it is, a great LEADER doesn’t let this dominate the chemistry of the collective.
      I truly hope Rondo excels under Stevens’ tutelage, but make no mistake, this is certainly a test of Rondo as well as yet another example of the brilliance of Ainge.

      • Jason Whetzell

        I think Ainge hired the best coach available with something to prove at the next level. I don’t think it’s a deliberate test. I think Rondo think he is smarter than everyone because he has been. I don’t think most ex players should be coaches. Chances are in most cases they were good athletes with decent minds. The best basketball minds in my opinion never played above college level ball and if they did make in the pros then they were on the bench most of the time. Being a genius is genetic and the chances of someone being a high level athlete and an Xs and Os genius are very slim. Rondo is one of those rare guys I think. Doc was not. I think he became a good coach sure, but he’s not a genius. Stevens and Rondo will get along great because they both have amazing basketball minds. Doc’s was average.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Stevens recently turned down UCLA…who saw him as a young Wooden.

    Ainge is going for a team/coach that reflects his “values”…straight laced, clean cut, high character guys, no ex-cons, no tats, etc. {So long, Terrence Williams!}.

    Rondo actually fits that mold perfectly…let`s not be so quick to assume Rondo and Stevens cannot coexist.

    • Suarez

      “No tats”??? I’m sure that was a big reservation when he traded for Kevin Garnett. “Yeah, the guy is a future Hall of Famer and one of the top 15 players of his generation, but those tattoos, I don’t know…”

      No tats….

      • RedsLoveChild

        You`re right….when Ainge looks back at the KG era, it`ll be the “tats” that he`ll miss more than anything!

  • Lee in Oregon

    I like the hire. Good young coach with a 6 year deal and no pressure to win (yet).

    I was actually worried we’d have The Little General or DA’s kid.

  • Roy Sanchez

    I expect this team to be a very fundamental team a la the Spurs. I’m excited for this hire no pressure to win now but start the building