The Boston Celtics made a terrific coaching hire last week when they basically out of nowhere signed former Butler head coach Brad Stevens to the same position in Boston. This was one of those news stories that made you do a double take when you first heard about it. “Wait a minute, Brad Stevens, as in the great college coach from Butler? I didn’t even know he was available.” There is no shame in that as no one saw this move coming. Apparently Celtics GM Danny Ainge targeted Stevens for the job immediately after Doc Rivers left to coach the Los Angeles Clippers.
Stevens is a tremendous coach and it really is shocking that he left his friendly confines at Butler. He had been pursued by a handful of universities within the last few years for their coaching positions. It now appears that the only way he was ever going to leave was that if a truly unique opportunity became available, a job that the Celtics were able to offer. Stevens rise in the coaching ranks is truly incredible. He was a nobody seven years ago and is now coaching arguably the most storied franchise in all of professional sports.
Stevens will do a tremendous job with the Celtics. He will not win big during his first few years on the job, but figures to hit dynamite once the Celtics replenish the talent on the roster. He has reportedly been very excited as well about coaching stubborn point guard Rajon Rondo, a task that has proven difficult at any level.
The Celtics made a great coaching hire with Stevens and he was exactly the type of out of box candidate people figured Ainge might target from the get go.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18