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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 hiring a college wunderkind. Stevens is undoubtedly a basketball mastermind, but how will he cope in the NBA, especially in the middle of such a monumental rebuilding effort with the Boston Celtics? In reality, we won’t know for several years. However, the move got me wondering. Stevens seemingly had it good at a small school in a state that loves basketball more than anything else, and yet, he still jetted for Boston. Is coaching the Boston Celtics really a better job than what he had at Butler? Just how good is the Boston coaching job anyway? And of course, what are the best possible basketball jobs in Am...
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The lure of big time college basketball programs wasn’t enough for Brad Stevens to leave his head coaching duties at Butler. For the past few seasons, every time a big job opened up, he resisted. He was content with the program he had built at the small Division I program in Indiana, and found it fruitless to go elsewhere. However, when the opportunity to coach the most storied...
Brad Stevens says he had no desire to leave Butler - until the
The first question many people had when news came that former Butler University coach Brad Stevens had left the Bulldogs to coach the Boston Celtics at 36 years old was this: Does Stevens have a chance to succeed in a league where so many other good college coaches have failed?
The prime example, of course, is Rick Pitino, who flamed out by record (102-146) and rhetoric when coaching...
In basketball, there is a substantial difference between the college and professional level. The rules, style of play, and the level of athleticism in particular vary widely between the two.
Many love both levels of competitions, but there are huge camps on both sides that think only their version of the game is “real” basketball.
That’s why news like Brad Stevens’ decision...
You gotta hand it to the Celtics. If they want to keep a secret, they can. In a move NO ONE saw coming, the Celtics have announced that they have hired Butler’s Brad Stevens as their new head coach.
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have come to an agreement with Brad Stevens to be the 17th head coach of the team. Per team policy, terms of the deal were...
College basketball fans have always wondered if Butler coach Brad Stevens would ever leave the Bulldogs for a “bigger” opportunity.
Today, that question was answered as he was officially hired as the next head coach of the Boston Celtics.
The team tweeted out the news this afternoon, along with a press release.
The @Celtics have hired Brad Stevens as their...
The @Celtics have hired Brad Stevens as their next head coach. Press Release: http://t.co/Psidetrtwo— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 3, 2013 According to the Celtics' official twitter account the team has hired former Butler coach, Brad Stevens, as their new head coach. Stevens spent the last six years patrolling the sidelines at Butler and he amassed a 166-49 record...
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...
Just how young is new Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens? The man who the “Green Team” will introduce at a press conference on Friday according to a report from the “Boston Globe,” was just 15-years-old when Larry Bird retired from the NBA. Although Stevens, has had an incredible run as the bench boss for Butler University; having success at the NCAA level, is no guarantee...
The Celtics introduced Brad Stevens today as their new head coach. Here are some excerpts from the press conference:
On leaving Butler and coming to Boston:
BS: It’s an honor and privilege to be here. I’m just in awe of this organization. It has such a high standard and places a value on culture.
The Boston Celtics? Like wow. That is an incredible feeling, an incredible honor...
This one was surprising. Mainly because I thought Stevens always gave off the impression that he was intent on building Butler into a powerhouse. But some jobs you just can’t pass up. The @Celtics have hired Brad Stevens as their next head coach.
Press Release: http://t.co/Psidetrtwo — Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 3, 2013
The Celtics have found a new coach, and it’s not who you might expect. No, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge didn’t reach out to George Karl, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, or any other recently fired NBA coach with ample experience at the professional level. Instead, the C’s front office decided to go in a different direction by bringing in 36-year-old Brad...
Celtics GM Danny Ainge certainly swung for the fences here. I’m just not sure he didn’t swing and miss. In a very interesting move, the Boston Celtics have hired Brad Stevens away from Butler University as their new head coach, […]
Roddy White is never one to keep his feelings to himself, and that was no exception on Wednesday. The Boston Celtics shocked everyone by announcing the hiring of former Butler coach Brad Stevens as their new head coach. Very few people debate Stevens’ credentials, but most were surprised by the move because it came out [...]
Here's another reason not to believe GMs when they say things publicly.
According to the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes, Danny Ainge had been targeting new head coach Brad Stevens well before Doc Rivers left for Hollywood.
At some point, though, Ainge had been seriously considering another candidate to become the next head coach of the Celtics, a candidate that Ainge had...