Brad Stevens has been promoted to President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics following Danny Ainge’s retirement:
Stevens is not going to have the dual-role of Head Coach/Basic Supervisor. Stevens will as a substitute lead the seek for his alternative on the sidelines. This search will start instantly, per the Celtics.
Boston introduced that Ainge will help in offseason preparations, whereas Stevens transitions into his new position.
“Serving to information this group has been the fun of a lifetime, and having labored side-by-side with him since he’s been right here, I do know we couldn’t be in higher palms than with Brad guiding the workforce going ahead,” stated Ainge. “I’m grateful to possession, all of my Celtics colleagues, and the very best followers in basketball for being a part of the journey.”
Ainge was employed in 2003 and helped to steer Boston to their report seventeenth NBA championship in 2008. Celtics Governor Wyc Grousbeck thanked Ainge for his years of service:
“Danny has made all of the distinction over the previous 18 years – our report of successful share and playoff victories is close to the highest of the league throughout that point. He has all the time been a relentless competitor and a winner. Pink Auerbach instructed us Danny is ‘fortunate,’ and he was proper, however a number of the luck got here from his intense drive and his unbelievable basketball insights.”
Grousbeck additionally expressed pleasure over Stevens taking on the workforce’s basketball operations:
“Turning to Brad is a pure subsequent step, since now we have constructed a partnership over the previous eight years, and he’s a particular basketball thoughts. We would like him to steer us into the subsequent nice period of Celtics basketball.”
Stevens stated he’s grateful and excited for his new alternative:
“I’m grateful to possession and to Danny for trusting me with this chance. I’m excited to deal with this new position, beginning with a large ranging and complete seek for our subsequent head coach. I really like the Celtics, and know the good honor and accountability that comes with this job. I’ll give it all the things I’ve to assist us be in place to persistently compete for championships.”
Ainge made the shock rent of Stevens out of Butler College in 2013, simply because the workforce was kicking off a rebuild following the commerce of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Now, Ainge makes one other stunning transfer, as he steps down as President of Basketball Operations and palms the reins to Stevens.
When the Celtics publicly introduced that Stevens had been signed to a long-term contract extension throughout the bubble in July of 2020, it got here with some attention-grabbing phrasing. It was famous that the extension was designed round “Maintaining Brad within the Celtics group for the foreseeable future”.
With how quickly this has all come collectively, with Boston’s season solely ending on Tuesday evening, it’s clear this has been within the works for a while. Provided that the workforce made a proper announcement so rapidly lends additional credence to that concept.
There have been stories that Celtics gamers had soured on the workforce’s present management on account of common public criticism by Ainge. Nevertheless, Boston gamers have steadfastly supported Stevens. All year long, virtually each key chief on the workforce has stated some model of “We’ve a number of points, however none of them are Brad”.
Making the transition from coach to entrance workplace chief isn’t unusual within the NBA. Ainge himself made that transition after a couple of years doing TV. Stevens now faces that very same problem, however with out the good thing about time away from a workforce to organize.
Stevens takes over with the Celtics in a interval of some uncertainty. The roster has some questions round Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. These two younger All-Stars are signed long-term. Different key gamers are nearing the ends of their contract, like Marcus Sensible, Tristan Thompson and Kemba Walker. And a number of other younger Celtics are nonetheless on their rookie scale offers.
On high of studying the entrance workplace job on the fly, Stevens first order of obligation will probably be to determine who will change him on the sidelines. Given he’s held down that spot for eight seasons, that’s a serious transition. No participant on the Celtics has ever performed in Boston for a distinct coach.
It didn’t take lengthy for the fireworks to blow up in Boston following the disappointing 2020-21 season. Keep tuned to CelticsBlog for persevering with protection of the entrance workplace transition and head coach search.