When Danny Ainge hired Brad Stevens as the 17th head coach in Celtics history, signing him to a 6-year, $22-million deal, the C’s showed the world they had a plan – and they weren’t in the business of tanking.
Yet still there are skeptics out there, who feel the Stevens administration will be a disaster, one that will be looked back alongside the likes of Rick Pitino and ML Carr.
Those who are excited about the hiring of the 36-year old coach, who carried Butler University men’s basketball from the abyss of the Horizon League to the bright lights of the NCAA Final Four, feel Stevens is a great basketball mind who knows his role on the NBA sidelines, and will get the most out of his players as a result.
“At the end of the day, you want a guy who’s a leader, who’s fiery,” said Celtics analyst Cedric Maxwell on Sports Sunday, “now he’s going to have to control a lot of that, but at the same time, you want the emotion of a young guy, who’s going to have to lead young players.”
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