Originally written July 23, 2013 on NESN.com:
Nobody was happier than Brad Stevens was when Keith Bogans, minutes after officially being introduced as a member of the Boston Celtics, said his main priority for the coming season was to be an extension of his head coach. Stevens, heading into his first year on Boston’s bench, needs all the support he can get in what seems likely to be a challenging season. Whether Bogans actually gets the opportunity to back his coach is another question. At 33 years old, Bogans admits his days of playing for his future are behind him. The glory days Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hopes are ahead are unlikely to come before Bogans has passed through, either into retirement or onto the next team in need of a steady locker room presence. Bogans will never rock the boat, but $5.1 million is a lot to pay for a mentor — especially when Bogans is clearly still valuable to a team with bigger aspirations. When Bogans signed his three-year deal with the Nets to facilitate the trade...
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