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WALTHAM, Mass. – From the outside looking in, the shocking and unexpected announcement made Wednesday that Brad Stevens was bolting Butler University to become the new head coach of the Boston Celtics may have led some to believe that the decision — at least on the Celtics’ end — was made out of the blue and, perhaps, too quickly.
After all, when team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he would take his time in selecting Doc Rivers‘ successor after he traded the former Celtics coach away to the Los Angeles Clippers, who could have believed that Ainge could have made a justifiable hire so seamlessly, just as he did Wednesday evening?
Well, truth be told, Ainge had his man all along and, as one would come to find it, the decision was one that was a long time — years, even — in the making.
The story begins much earlier than Wednesday’s stunning announcement that rocked both the pro and college sports worlds, earlier than Ainge’s first phone call to the then-Butler coac...
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Former Butler University head coach, Brad Stevens (Photo: Jordan Goetzke)
2013 has been a rollercoaster ride for Butler University. From Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse’s first time hosting ESPN College GameDay and defeating Gonzaga University on another buzzer-beater of the season; to Blue II (former Bulldog mascot) barking and running on the court for the last time, handing down...
Former Butler coach Brad Stevens arguing a call in his final game with the Bulldogs.
America was first introduced to the Butler Bulldogs when they made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 2003. In 2007 they made it back to the Sweet 16, turning more heads.
In 2008 they won one tournament game under first-year coach Brad Stevens.
Two years later America fell in love...
After leading the Butler Bulldogs to one of the most successful six-year runs in recent NCAA basketball history (lack of a championship notwithstanding), Brad Stevens has decided to leave the Midwest for greener pastures in the NBA. The move will be dissected ad nauseum over the next few days, as analysts wonder yet again whether or not a professional team made the right move in...
A man is only as good as his word. If that’s true, then Brad Stevens is as good as they come.
The day following Stevens’ introduction as the new head coach of the Celtics, he was not in Boston. He was not in Massachusetts. He wasn’t even on the East Coast.
Instead, he was riding in the Connersville, Ind., bicentennial parade after making a promise to former Butler player Matt...
Hours after Brad Stevens told athletic director Barry Collier he
was leaving Butler for Boston, he sat down to explain the decision
to his players.
Butler head basketball coach Brad Stevens shocked the world on Wednesday afternoon when the news broke that he’d be leaving Butler to take the head coaching job with the Boston Celtics. The 36-year-old Stevens has more than proven that he’s a great young basketball mind, but the fact that there hadn’t been any rumblings of this is why it was such a surprise. Stevens led Butler...
Jeff Goodman reports that LaVall Jordan is Butler’s top candidate to replace Brad Stevens, who accepted a job with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Sources told ESPN.com that Collier, who has been the AD since 2006, will almost certainly keep it in the Butler family — and the front-runner is Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, a former Butler player from 1998 to 2001.
The @Celtics have hired Brad Stevens as their next head coach.
Press Release: http://t.co/Psidetrtwo
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 3, 2013
Although in the past a lot of college coaches have not done well in the pros, most of the reaction has been positive about the hiring of Brad Stevens.
Brad Stevens is a great teacher of the game and this is what the Celtics needed...
Making the coaching jump from college basketball to the NBA isn’t an easy transition. When the Boston Celtics announced they hired Butler head coach Brad Stevens as the next leader of their storied organization, it received a mixed reaction.
Some folks thought this would be a perfect fit, that Stevens will be able to take a team that’s in a rebuilding phase and restore it to...
WALTHAM, Mass. — When the Celtics announced via news release on Wednesday that they had hired Brad Stevens as their head coach, half the basketball-watching world was stunned by the hire. The other half was more stunned the Celtics were able to keep such press-stopping news a secret.
In the era of Twitter, TMZ and the 24-hour news cycle, companies rarely control their own message...
On Friday, now-former Butler head man Brad Stevens was officially introduced as the new Boston Celtics coach in a press conference.
WALTHAM, Mass. — When Danny Ainge first called Brad Stevens last Wednesday to gauge his interest in coaching the Celtics, Stevens ended the conversation by hanging up the phone, wide-eyed and in disbelief.
“Boston Celtics?” he said to his wife, Tracy. “Wow.”
By the time Ainge and several key members of the Celtics’ power structure met with Stevens a week later, it was...
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge shocked the NBA Wendnesday when he announced the hiring of Butler University's Brad Stevens as head coach. The 36-year-old guided the Bulldogs to back to back appearances in the NCAA Final. CLNS Radio personality Ty Ray visits with Butler beat writer Zak Keefer to find out how the young Stevens was able to make the tiny...