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Was Fred Hoiberg the Celtics’ first choice for head coach?

Chuck - Red's Army July 15, 2013 Celtics News 5 Comments

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ESPN New Hampshire has the scoop:

According to Georges Niang of Iowa State, the Boston Celtics offered their head coaching job to Fred Hoiberg before they offered it to Brad Stevens.

See the video interview:

3:55 mark – Niang “I know he is committed to us. Even after Brad Stevens got the Celtics job, he texted me and said Boston offered me the job and I turned it down.”

Hoiberg, the current coach at Iowa State and former assistant GM for the Minnesota T-Wolves, was considered a candidate for the Celtics head coaching job soon after Doc Rivers quit on the team, the city and all Celtics fans. He is widely regarded as an up-and-coming coach with NBA potential.

Had Hoiberg accepted Ainge’s “offer,” I’m sure I would have talked myself into liking the move. I took the same approach with Brad Stevens.

Stevens doesn’t seem like a guy who would give a damn about being option #2. The Celtics gave him $22 million reasons to smile.

UPDATE: Niang now says he was joking around:

GN

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  • forever_green

    +1 Chuck..lol

    • KGino

      +2 haha “Doc Rivers quit on the team, the city and all the Celtics fans.” Well said.

  • RedsLoveChild

    This rumor has an even higher “BS quotient”…than Doc`s convoluted explanation as to how he wound up coaching the Clippers!

    • jason benn

      Brad Stevens quotient? Lol

  • Suarez

    Uhh, ESPN New Hampshire?