While the Celtics traded Doc Rivers to the Clippers, they replaced him with former Butler coach Brad Stevens.
Making the transition from coaching the college game to the pro game can be difficult and lead to falters (e.g. John Calipari, Rick Pitino). However, Donny Marshall says the Stevens hiring brings a low-risk, high-reward situation for Boston.
"He makes a big step; I think it's very risky for his camp," Marshall said. "It's one of those things when it's the job of a lifetime for him, but I think on the other side, the Celtics side, this is a low-risk situation. They're not gonna have to pay him a ton of money, so if it doesn't work out, he's a guy who, I think, is very fireable."
Stevens brought Butler, one of the top mid-majors in the country, to two national championship games and led them to a move to the Big East Conference.
"This is completely shocking, not only to the NBA world but to Butler Bulldog fans," Marshall said.
Marshall breaks down the hiring and Stevens' impact on the Celtics in the video.