Brad Stevens was a trending topic around the world and with good reason; he was named the new Head Coach for the Boston Celtics as a surprise for most NBA fans and experts, but the 36 year old seems to have the right tools to do a tremendously difficult task.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are Nets now, and Doc Rivers took his coaching talents to Los Angeles. It’s a rebuilding year for the Celtics, right? Well, indeed.
“Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said in a release. “His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18.”
Stevens won a Division I-record 166 games in his first six years with Butler and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011.
“Our family is thrilled for the opportunity given to us by the leadership of the Boston Celtics, but it is emotional to leave a place that we have called home for the past 13 years,” Stevens said in a release issued by the university. “We truly love Butler University and Indianapolis, and are very thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate so many wonderful things together.”
The Celtics will play around Rajon Rondo, who’s the only real star they have for now. Boston is currently listed 70/1 to win the NBA Championship in 2014.