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Who thinks Brad Stevens is leaving the Celtics?

Chuck - Red's Army April 7, 2014 Brad Stevens, Celtics News 12 Comments

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The Herald’s Steve Bulpett caught our attention today with his story about Brad Stevens reaffirming his desire to stay in Boston.

Apparently, there are whispers about Stevens long-term commitment to the Celtics. Whispers?

But just five games from the finish line of his first season with the Celtics, he’s appreciating the fact the collegiate comments are more subtle than in his face. Still, he took the opportunity to answer the whispers and restate his commitment to the Celtics reconstruction project.

“I appreciate the fact that people would say that as a positive remark to what we did at Butler, but at the same time I haven’t paid one bit of attention to it,” Stevens said. “You know, my wife has said that she’s really enjoyed this late March and early April from the standpoint that she said, ‘I don’t even know what’s going on with the coaching carousel right now.’ Because sometimes the rumors were so rampant that you had to squash rumors that weren’t even true.

“When we signed on for this, this was our saying: ‘We’re going to be here. We’re going to get after this. We’re going to try to do this our very best.’ Hopefully that’s going to be good enough.

“One of the things that we really said right from the get-go upon deciding to take this job and leave Butler is that we want to give this a full swing,” he said. “And I’m going to do everything I can to make this the best it can be.”

I consider myself plugged-in to all the news and rumors surrounding the Celtics and this is the first time I’ve heard anything about Stevens being an NBA short-timer.

Bulpett also shared this quote from around the time Stevens was hired:

Sniffed one NBA lifer, “He’ll stay with Boston until the Duke job opens up.”

I’m not doubting Bulpett, I just don’t think this angle has been widely reported (if at all).

Stevens seems to be acclimating to the NBA game just fine. He has the admiration of the media and his peers. Minus the obscenely overblown Rondo birthday controversy, there have been no public spats with players despite an awful won-loss record.

If Danny Ainge does his job properly over the next two years, I see no reason why Brad Stevens won’t excel in Boston.

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  • Curt Hays

    I guess I don’t understand why someone would leave the NBA and chose to go back to the college level. Maybe if you’re terrible at it…Rick.

    • tvor03

      Just a different game, man. You gotta deal with the players differently. Pitino and Calipari are two of the best college coaches that ever was, and both flamed out in the pros.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Different personality types

      College players are unpaid {supposedly} and have little power….thus, it attracts ego driven/dictatorial coaches who are control freaks, attention seekers, narcissistic…Pitino, Calipari, Knight, Krzyzewski, Williams, Huggins

      High salaried players rule the NBA….thus, coaches must be subservient with smaller egos to thrive…Popovich, Thibodeau,, Vogel, Spoelstra, Brooks, McHale, Carlisle

      • Curt Hays

        Valid, and surprising; and I think @tvor03:disqus would agree. I will never be able to predict what you’re going to say, haha.

        Maybe my incomprehension is because I’m really just thinking that I don’t know why Brad Stevens would prefer college. He just seems like the next great thing in the NBA.

        • RedsLoveChild

          LOL….unable to predict??

          You can safely predict the unfiltered, unvarnished truth with clarity….provided I am not in an alcohol fueled or drug induced stupor!

  • Rich Jensen

    If Stevens wanted the Duke job, he would’ve taken the UCLA job.

    The scuttlebutt at the time was that Stevens was too loyal to Butler to take another job in college BB, and that he did not want to make the compromises that one must make to succeed at a Name Brand university.

  • eddysamson

    So you’re in your 30s and a rookie NBA coach and you’ve already been voted as the 11th best coach in the league…why the hell would you go back down?!

    BS could be our coach for the next 20-30 years! Could you imagine that?

  • bill_nair

    Ya im not sure even the big name schools still hold the same weight they may once have. Duke is different but the trend lately has been these young coaches at smaller programs staying there (Brad and Shaka Smart are all that pop up right now). Brad has had success so far why leave? Rick and Larry Brown might still be in the NBA if they had half the success Brad has had this year.

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  • jrleftfoot

    if he wanted to stay in college, Butler was a great situation.at the big schools, you spend all your time recruiting; then your best players stat a year and its recruiting time again.