Felger & Mazz react to the hiring of Stevens

Felger & Mazz react to the hiring of Stevens
July 3, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Brad Stevens is only 36 years old and had coached at Butler University for six years. Now, he's the next coach of the Boston Celtics, one of the most storied franchises in all of basketball.

Team President Danny Ainge announced the hiring late Wednesday afternoon, but early enough while "Felger and Mazz" was still on the air.

Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti discuss their initial reactions on the show.

"I approach it with trepidation with guys like this," said Massarotti, who said that it is a difficult adjustment between coaching the college game and the pro game. "In the college program, the whole thing is about the coach. Then you get to the NBA, and it's all about the players. A lot of coaches don't understand that.

"Take a guy like (John) Calipari, (Rick) Pitino, when they go to the NBA, what happens? They get tuned out," Massarotti added.

The Celtics just traded away Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets and are in the midst of a rebuilding phase. Felger wonders if he will be around long enough for when the team is done rebuilding and is going through developing a playoff contender.

"For a young coach trying to establish himself," Felger said, "by the time you get good again in three or four years, ideally, is he going to be in a position after having all those losses the last couple of years, and it's like, 'How is he going to have that yank with his players after all that losing?'"

Watch the video to see what else they think about the hire.