Report: Celtics' Zarren takes self out of 76ers GM consideration

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Report: Celtics' Zarren takes self out of 76ers GM consideration

You wouldn't know him if he walked by you on the street, but Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren is one of the most important individuals connected with the team.

Fortunately, he's sticking around.

Zarren was reportedly in the running for the 76ers GM job, but according to Paul Flannery of WEEI.com, he's removed his name from the pool of candidates and will remain with the Celtics.

Zarren is a lifelong Celtics fan who started as an intern and has worked his way up the ranks. He doesn't watch games in a fancy suite, or in the team's locker room though. He's up in the balcony utilizing his season tickets while wearing his vintage Celtics jersey, watching closely and taking it all in.

Zarren is also a regular at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Convention, held annually at MIT.

Here's what the site says about Zarren:

A lifelong Celtics fan and season ticket holder, Michael Zarren is now the Celtics Assistant General Manager and Team Counsel. Now in his ninth year with the team after starting as an unpaid intern, Mike is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of advanced statistical analysis of basketball players and teams, and is an important part of the teams strategic planning and player personnel evaluation processes. Mike is also the teams salary cap expert and lead in-house counsel, and is responsible for the development of new technologies for team use, including the teams statistical database and video archivedelivery system. Mike was previously a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a management consultant, during which time he performed econometric and other quantitative analyses for Fortune 500 firms across a wide variety of industries. Mike is a graduate of Harvard Law School (where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology) and of the University of Chicago.

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."