Brad Stevens, who built tiny Butler University into an
Of course, Stevens will try to accomplish something at which most college coaches fail: become a success in the
Stevens, 36, has only known basketball coaching life at Butler, where he was an assistant for seven years before taking the helm six seasons ago. Yes, his 166-49 record and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA championship game speak highly of his ability. Stevens' 166 victories in his first six seasons is the most by a Division I coach in NCAA history.
Will Stevens and Celtics President Danny Ainge be able to pull it off? Ainge opted to rebuild the franchise last decade around veteran forward
"Brad and I share a lot of the same values," Ainge said. "Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18."
Ainge has financial flexibility to rebuild, plus the Celtics have nine first-round selections in the next five years. He can afford to deal away a few of those choices to acquire some proven veterans. Ainge has always been able to find an NBA team willing to discuss trade options, and that could very well be the scenario this upcoming season with a deep draft class available next spring.
Which brings everything back to Rondo, a 27-year-old four-time All-Star who reportedly over the years feuded with former coach
It'll be interesting to watch Stevens develop as a coach and Ainge continue to try to rebuild the Celtics via the draft or trades. Will Rondo be the centerpiece of the future? Or will he be Boston's next big-name player to relocate?