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The Boston Celtics have hired former Butler guard Ronald Nored in a player development role, a source told ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.
The 23-year-old Nored, a guard on Butler’s two Final Four teams coached by new Celtics coach Brad Stevens, is also expected to have a role with the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s D-League affiliate.
Brad Stevens is assembling a little United Nations of coaches from around the basketball world for the Celtics. He’s got a couple of holdovers so the team can keep some continuity as it makes its transition. He’s got Ron Adams, a wise veteran who will almost serve as a second head coach. He’s got his stats guru Drew Cannon. He’s got Micah Shrewsberry, a former assistant with him at Butler who understands Stevens’ methods. And now he’s added a former player in Nored, who will do some of the same and also serve in a role beyond just the 12-15 guys on the Celtics roster.
Read further in that link and you’ll see coaching is all Nored ever wanted to do. And when you look at what Stevens said about Nored in a piece from two years ago, it’s no shock at all that he was added to this staff.
“He’s smart, an excellent leader and extremely competitive,” Stevens says. “When you put all of those traits together, you’re going to be successful.
“In college basketball every year, there are great leaders and then there are five to 10 elite leaders. Ronald is one of those elite leaders. He’s a leader not only on the basketball court with this team — and not only at this school — but within this entire community. Every part of the community that he touches, he’s a leader.”
The Celtics now have a unique blend of voices who come at things from different perspectives, which is almost never a bad thing. These different people can offer opinions that others may not have thought of simply because of their different experiences. From there, Stevens can make an informed decision.
This staff has a nice blend of experience, younger guys who are more relate-able to a young team, and statistical analysis. I’m actually quite impressed with the mix that Stevens has put together. He’s doing a lot to ensure himself of the best possible chance to succeed at this job.
Related: Globe: Stevens adds another member to his staff
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