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Stevens 'thrilled,' 'humbled' to coach Celtics
New Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens, right, whispers to Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge during a news conference at the Celtics' training center in Waltham, Mass., on Friday. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)
Stevens is the 17th head coach in the franchise’s history.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and members of the team’s ownership group were also present.
He added that he is “absolutely humbled” by the chance to coach the Celtics.
Now, he has the task of coaching a rebuilt roster in Boston that dealt away veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry and traded nine-year coach Doc Rivers.
Stevens said he is looking forward to working with Rondo. The two have already spoken over the phone and Stevens plans to meet with him soon.
Ainge said that Stevens was at the top of his list of candidates to take the coaching job.
“Brad was my first choice,” he said. “I have watched and admired his poise, his intelligence, his teams, their effort, their execution under pressure. I’ve always looked at him the last few years as a guy that was a great candidate to be a head coach, never really thinking it was going to be this soon in Celtics history but is a guy that I have targeted for a long time as a potential great head coach.”
“We all know what we are about to embark on and he will have great support from ownership and from management,” Ainge said. “Yes, there will be transition from the college game to the NBA game, but we will give him the support that he needs to make that transition fast. He’s a very smart guy.”