Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens reacts in the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Marquette defeated Butler 74-72. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

July 3rd, 2013: The Theft of Brad Stevens


2013 is the year of social media.

The year where nothing, not even the fact that I am currently sitting in The Wildman Room in Hinkle Fieldhouse, is a safe secret anymore.

The year where anyone can receive the breaking news on NBA Draft Picks MINUTES before they are announced on tv, because of a little program called Twitter.

Yet somehow, in this 21st century technologically advanced world we occupy, Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics pulled off arguably one of the most stealthy moves in sports history.

This is absolute TRUTH. Just sitting in press row at this conference this evening, nobody had a clue. It’s like listening to war heroes talk about old battle stories, only in this case it was veteran writers retelling where they were at that moment.

Even the BELOVED Boston Globe had absolutely no idea this was taking place. They ran a piece today listing the possible hires to take the reigns of the winningest basketball club in the NBA.  

You know who wasn’t on that list?

Brad Stevens.

While we are on the subject of dramatic departures: Hey Cleveland…Question for you: Which would you rather have; The Decision or the Sniper Bullet you never saw coming?

I’ll leave that up to you, the reader, to debate.

The bottom line is, somewhere, Danny Ainge knows he is wanted in at least two states for the crimes he has committed. This man is a MASTERMIND: First he cashes out at EXACTLY the right time for the BEST offer he would ever get out of Pierce and Garnett, and then he steals the hottest young commotity in all of college basketball years before anybody expected him to be considered for an NBA Job.

Also, for the record, I am not bitter with the departure of Brad…I mean honestly how can you be? The man has turned down more offers to stay here than most of the free agents in the NBA will this off-season COMBINED.

6 years, $22 Million Dollars. You can’t pass that up, you just can’t do it.

From a fan stand point, I’m balling my eyes out, knowing that even though I’ve been spoiled for six years, I will miss Brad Stevens for the rest of time.

Nevertheless, from a professional stand point I applaud Brad Stevens for his ability to fly under the radar in this day and age, and land one of the most surprising head coaching jobs in the history of sports. He’s earned it, and while I know Butler University knew this day would come, nobody, not even Barry Collier himself, knew of this hire until this afternoon.

Congrats to Brad Stevens and Congrats to the Boston Celtics. The Butler Way is officially global.

Oh, and by the way, if you’re on the side of hating the man for the move, consider this, you’re no better than the snobby Duke Blue Devils who left us this wonderful message during the 2010 Title Game.

Who can forget this lovely Duke Sweetheart at the 2010 Title Game? Tell Mom to go tip Danny Ainge, he’ll probably steal it before she gets the chance.(AP Press)


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