McCarty agrees to join Celtics as assistant coach

McCarty agrees to join Celtics as assistant coach
August 20, 2013, 11:00 pm
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If you love Walter, you'll love the 2013-14 Celtics season.

No, the Celtics haven't signed former fan favorite Walter McCarty to hit threes from the corner, but McCarty has agreed to become an assistant coach under Brad Stevens, according to CSNNE's Kyle Draper.

McCarty played 10 years in the NBA, including seven seasons with the Celtics. McCarty was a role player for the Celtics during his years on the team. He finished with career averages of 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

McCarty spoke about Stevens on CSNNE's Sports Tonight back in early July, and it was clear then that he was a fan of him.

"Obviously this guy knows basketball, and he does a really great job of getting the best of his players," McCarty said. "I think if you're rebuilding here and you're bringing in young players, I don't think there's a better guy out there to bring in and help these players develop and be the best they can be."

McCarty had a good idea of what Stevens was all about even before he was hired by Danny Ainge.

"He's very cerebral. He's very intense over there," McCarty said. "He doesn't get too high, he doesn't get too low, but he brings a great temperament to the sidelines. He's just a great X's and O's coach, all of his players love him. Like I said, there's so many players he had at Butler that you never heard of before, and they end up becoming lottery picks. So he does a very good job."

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McCarty was also on board with the length of Stevens' deal with the Celtics.

"I think it puts it out there that this is our guy. This is who we want running this team, the leader of this organization … If you go hire an assistant somewhere or hire somebody who doesn't have the experience, [players think] 'oh, this guy is only going to be here for two years', and they don't get the respect, or the demand that you want from the players."

And speaking of respect, will Rajon Rondo have it for Stevens? Will the two be able to coexist? McCarty was asked that as well.

"I think they're going to have to," McCarty said. "I think they're going to have time to figure that out whether he does or not. But I think that what this says to everybody out there, is that this isn't about Rondo. This is about Brad Stevens. This is about the new Celtics. what we're trying to accomplish. And I think this is what he has to be on board or there's no Rondo."