The Boston Celtics will have a deeper bench this season -- and it's not just the players, either.
D-League coach Jay Larranga has been added as a Celtics assistant coach this season.
Larranga, the son of George Mason coach Jim Larranga, spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Erie BayHawks and took the BayHawksto the playoffs in both seasons.
Of all the teams in the NBA, Larranga's first NBA gig with the Celtics seems to be an ideal fit.
After growing up in an Irish-American household,Larranga attended Bowling Green University with former NBA veteran Antonio Daniels and thenspent several years playing overseas.
In addition, Larranga was named head coach of the Ireland Senior Men's National Team in 2008.
"My wife and I are very proud of Jay," his father said when Larranga was named the Irish National Team's head coach. "Jay was born to be a coach."
Tommy Heinsohn breaks down Jaylen Brown's impressive game against the Magic, and how impressive Terry Rozier was as well.
Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming.
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either.
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim.
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort.
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points.
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise.
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”