Year of transformation for Celtics

Year of transformation for Celtics
December 25, 2013, 6:00 pm
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As part of SportsNet Central's Year in Review, we look back at the remaking of the Celtics, which began in earnest about a month after their first-round playoff elimination by the New York Knicks.

After protracted negotiations and days of will he-or-won't-he speculation, Doc Rivers left after nine years as Celtics coach to become coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Then, in a draft-day blockbuster, the faces of the franchise, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, were shipped to the Brooklyn Nets for a package of draft picks and players that set the rebuilding of the C's in motion.

Celtics president Danny Ainge then reached into the college ranks to find his next coach. Young Brad Stevens, 37, who had led Butler to two Final Fours, was named to replace Rivers.

Stevens' young Celtics are 12-17 but have exceeded expectations so far this season as they await the return of All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, who continues to recover from surgery on his torn ACL that ended his season last January.