Mark Edwards In My Opinion: Celtics taking big gamble with hire of Stevens
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Jul 06, 2013 | 1560 views |  0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, left, speaks alongside new head coach Brad Stevens, right, during a news conference where Stevens was introduced Friday at the NBA team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, left, speaks alongside new head coach Brad Stevens, right, during a news conference where Stevens was introduced Friday at the NBA team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
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Brad Stevens? Really?

The guy from Butler? That’s who the Boston Celtics are hiring as their new head coach?

I wonder what Celtics season-ticket holders think of that.

But Boston apparently believes in Stevens, which it showed by giving him a six-year contract. If you don’t care that much about producing a winner eventually, you don’t give your new coach a deal that long.

Stevens began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Butler in 2000 and remained at the school until the Celtics came calling. He spent the last six years as head coach, winning 166 games and making the NCAA title game twice.

He’s considered a basketball genius, who deserves a chance to show his knowledge on the NBA stage.

Still, it’s an odd choice. He has no basketball coaching experience at anywhere outside Butler University. It’s entirely possible the Celtics could find out quickly he’s not that well suited for pro basketball after all.

No matter how much of a “genius” he is considered to be, this is a huge gamble for pro basketball’s most storied franchise.

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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