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Former Chicago Bulls lead assistant coach Ron Adams, widely considered one of the top assistants in the NBA, will be joining the Celtics in a similar role, a league source confirmed to the Globe Monday.
Adams has more than two decades of NBA experience, making him a valuable addition for Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has none.
“He’s as good as there is in the business,” an NBA head coach said of Adams. “He’ll help Brad out a lot. It’s a great hire.”
Source: Ron Adams In Celtics’ Fold As Assistant Coach-Boston Globe
Boston has added another staff member to Brad Stevens’ coaching team. Ron Adams, who served as an assistant to Tom Thibodeau with Chicago, was being targeted by other NBA teams, including Doc Rivers’ Clippers.
Adams was sought after by several other teams, including, a league source said, the Los Angeles Clippers, who are now coached by former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Adams also had coaching stints with the 76ers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Milwaukee Bucks.
It’s expected that Stevens will add one or two more coaches to his staff this offeseason.
And if Thibodeau likes this guy that much, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the real deal. Adams is known as a “defensive guru” around the league. Chicago GM Gar Forman let go of Thib’s lead assistant this offseason, something that reportedly did not sit well with Thibodeau.
In Chicago, Adams was the lead assistant to Tom Thibodeau, the former Celtics assistant coach and Adams’s longtime friend.The Bulls did not renew Adams’s contract this offseason, though it was unclear why.
In Boston, Adams joins a staff that includes assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young, who were with the Celtics last season, as well as Micah Shrewsberry, who was Stevens’s assistant at Butler University. Shrewsberry was most recently an assistant coach at Purdue.
However, the Celtics could lose Larranaga, as the Philadelphia 76ers are interviewing him for their vacant head coaching position, league sources said. Larranaga was also a candidate for the Celtics head-coaching job.
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