Just a few days after Brad Stevens’ move to Boston became public, the Celtics hosted a press conference on Friday to officially announce Stevens’ as the 17th coach in the franchise’s history.
The entire front office expressed its excitement to have one of the most sought after coaches in the college game leading its historic NBA team.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have him here,” said the general manager of the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge. “We all know what were about to embark on and he will have great support from ownership and management”
While showing how much they looked forward to working with Stevens, it was evident that they are also putting the responsibility for his success in their hands as well.
“Brad’s success will be determined by what we do, what I do to support him,” said Ainge. “We’ve been through this rebuilding type of process before and we’re all better for it.”
After trading away All-Stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics are definitely in rebuilding mode as he said, and now possibly even more so now that they have a college coach trying to adjust to a different level of basketball.
The worries about the transition, however, seem to be very minimal as Stevens is well respected for being a very smart basketball mind and has the tools for success. And, as a franchise, the Celtics have been synonymous with the word “success” in the past, winning 17 NBA Final Championships.
“I’m very thankful to the Boston celtics leadership team and ownership and everybody that I’ve already met and everybody thats been so gracious and so kind to us,” said the newest NBA head coach. “I’m absolutely humbled to be sitting in this room and looking around at the banners that hang.”
Just days removed from the place where he served as a heaad coach in two runs to the National Championship team though, he has done anything but forgotten how he got here.
He said that “even just talking about” leaving Butler was hard as he got choked up about leaving Indianapolis and the community he had grown so accustomed to over the past several seasons.
Certainly it was emotional, but we’ve done our best to really look forward, just trying to figure out what the next step is,” he said.
Moving forward, it will definitely be interesting to see where Butler’s former nationally successful basketball coach will go from here. It will certainly be a process to get adjusted to the NBA game and begin to win games and, ultimately, championships for the Celtics.
“I’m absolutely humbled to be sitting in this room and looking around at the banners that hang,” Stevens said. “Everybody here has the goal of winning championships and that is the goal.”
Jul 5, 2013; Waltham, MA, USA; New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, right, shares a laugh with General Manager Danny Ainge during a news conference announcing Stevens new position. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports