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(ESPN)   The doctor is out. The butler is in   (espn.go.com) divider line 33
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2013-07-03 08:42:49 PM
But will he remind us in a moment of despair that Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett are not coming through that door?

\why yes, I do have a bad feeling about this, why do you ask?
 
2013-07-03 08:47:06 PM
The nice thing is that even if he flames out in two years he'll still be greeted with open arms by a bigger school than Butler. It's sort of a no-lose situation for the guy.
 
2013-07-03 09:20:26 PM
Yeah, he's a great college coach. His teams always play hard for every minute, often play beyond the potential of their players, and about as smart as college teams play.

But it's a very different thing to coach in the NBA. I wish him well, but his .772 record means very little at this point and he'll have to radically change his Xs and Os and more importantly his method of inspiring his team if he's going to do well in the NBA.
 
2013-07-03 09:28:03 PM
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2013-07-03 09:41:31 PM
Dang, for a second I thought this meant Tim Curry was going to be the next Doctor.

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2013-07-03 11:22:03 PM
Well this came out of nowhere.
 
2013-07-03 11:29:56 PM
I predict Rick Pitino: Electric Boogaloo
 
2013-07-03 11:31:26 PM
Those poor Lutherans are back to being Indiana's 5 or 6th best team.
 
2013-07-03 11:37:53 PM
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Wesley!
 
2013-07-03 11:45:29 PM
Sharp guy, has done so much with the talent he had, what could go wrong?

Oh yeah, he's never coached in the NBA, and his age may be an issue for some players.
 
2013-07-03 11:46:04 PM

robsul82: [i63.photobucket.com image 250x141]


Jason Whitlock: He quit on Butler RT @BillSimmons: Brad Stevens! HERE COME THE CELTS! (In 3-4 years after they blow it up, rebuild from scratch, but still)

Simmons: @WhitlockJason Come on, you can't expect him to turn down the chance to coach Gerald Wallace and Kelly Olynyk!
 
2013-07-04 12:08:25 AM
I would not be shocked if he had more success than your average college-to-NBA coach.
 
2013-07-04 12:23:40 AM

12349876: I predict Rick Pitino: Electric Boogaloo


Bird ain't walkin through that door...
 
2013-07-04 12:32:09 AM

Krustofsky: Oh yeah, he's never coached in the NBA, and his age may be an issue for some players.


Dude seems like a really bad fit for the NBA, at least at 36.  I'll be damn impressed if he can keep all those insane egos in line.
 
2013-07-04 12:37:09 AM
This is good news... For Purdue
 
2013-07-04 12:39:48 AM

FriarReb98: But will he remind us in a moment of despair that Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett are not coming through that door?

\why yes, I do have a bad feeling about this, why do you ask?


Why? Just because you're building around a point guard that can't close in crunch time because of poor shooting, and a good portion of the rebuilding will be done with first round picks coming from a team that might be in the ECF for the next 2 or 3 years?

I don't necessarily thing the Celtics are going down a path they should not; trying to hold this team together for another year was pointless, But regardless, it's easy to see a path to an 8-10 year mediocrity run.
 
2013-07-04 01:10:58 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: The nice thing is that even if he flames out in two years he'll still be greeted with open arms by a bigger school than Butler. It's sort of a no-lose situation for the guy.


I don't know. Pitino and Calipari both took steps back when they went back to college (Kentucky to Louisville and UMASS to Memphis). If he fails he'll end up back at a mid-major. If he does okay he might make a parallel move.
 
2013-07-04 01:12:56 AM
Lots of naysayers in this thread. What a surprise.
 
2013-07-04 01:42:52 AM

vossiewulf: Yeah, he's a great college coach. His teams always play hard for every minute, often play beyond the potential of their players, and about as smart as college teams play.

But it's a very different thing to coach in the NBA. I wish him well, but his .772 record means very little at this point and he'll have to radically change his Xs and Os and more importantly his method of inspiring his team if he's going to do well in the NBA.


Stevens isn't a rah rah guy, he's very level headed and he's a big student of the game who makes good use of analytics and statistics when maximizing the potential of his lineups. I think he translates well to the NBA.
 
2013-07-04 01:45:43 AM

rugman11: Incorrigible Astronaut: The nice thing is that even if he flames out in two years he'll still be greeted with open arms by a bigger school than Butler. It's sort of a no-lose situation for the guy.

I don't know. Pitino and Calipari both took steps back when they went back to college (Kentucky to Louisville and UMASS to Memphis). If he fails he'll end up back at a mid-major. If he does okay he might make a parallel move.


You're forgetting the first time Pitino went pro and went Providence - Knicks - Kentucky. Stevens will be fine, the power conference schools aren't gonna back off just cause he's got a little pro stank on him.
 
2013-07-04 02:27:06 AM
The Celtics hired Doogie Howser to coach
 
2013-07-04 02:29:40 AM

rugman11: If he fails he'll end up back at a mid-major.


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2013-07-04 03:29:35 AM
I know it is not nearly the same situation but has age been a big factor for Erik Spoelstra? He seems to be a good motivator and he seems to do well controlling massive egos. Then again he has incredible talent in his team and they chose to play together...

My point is that without Garnett I doubt age will be too much of a factor.
 
2013-07-04 08:44:21 AM

JorgiX: I know it is not nearly the same situation but has age been a big factor for Erik Spoelstra? He seems to be a good motivator and he seems to do well controlling massive egos. Then again he has incredible talent in his team and they chose to play together...

My point is that without Garnett I doubt age will be too much of a factor.


Spoelstra was with the team since he was 20, he may be young but he's an NBA guy, with Pat Riley and Wade having his back.

98% of college coaching is recruiting in the off-season. 90% of NBA coaching is getting the players to give a damn.
 
2013-07-04 10:09:32 AM
Rivers was considered a failure as a coach until the Celtics got Garnett and Allen to play with Pierce. Lets see who will be playing on the team before this guy is looked down on.
 
2013-07-04 10:11:59 AM

stevie1der: rugman11: Incorrigible Astronaut: The nice thing is that even if he flames out in two years he'll still be greeted with open arms by a bigger school than Butler. It's sort of a no-lose situation for the guy.

I don't know. Pitino and Calipari both took steps back when they went back to college (Kentucky to Louisville and UMASS to Memphis). If he fails he'll end up back at a mid-major. If he does okay he might make a parallel move.

You're forgetting the first time Pitino went pro and went Providence - Knicks - Kentucky. Stevens will be fine, the power conference schools aren't gonna back off just cause he's got a little pro stank on him.


Right but he was successful in NY and left after a 52-win season. If Stevens wins 50+ games his second year in Boston he'll get his choice of any team in the NCAA. I don't think that's going to happen though.
 
2013-07-04 10:24:52 AM
Stevens has a much lower set of expectations placed on him.

And I expect Rondo will be traded.  He is a locker room cancer anyway.
 
2013-07-04 10:34:42 AM
Add me to the list of folks expected Rondo to be traded.  They will have a lot of cap room, and my thought about his age is that when the team comes back around with talent and picks (say 3 more seasons) he'll have those years under his belt and still be only 39 - old enough to get some respect from the 19 and 20 year olds coming out of college and still young enough to have the drive to win.

My fear is that the media / fans / change in ownership (may or may not happen in 3 years time) get on him too fast before he can grow with the team for the long haul.
 
2013-07-04 10:53:43 AM
Don't think this is a Pitino type situation for the Celtics. Pitino had pretty much full control over everything, including GM duties, and then he bet the farm on being able to draft Tim Duncan. There was no plan B and he failed spectacularly when he couldn't get Duncan. He alienated so many people within the franchise.

That said, Stevens has a tall order ahead of him to make a go of it in the NBA. I wish him luck but it's a bummer to see him leave Butler.
 
2013-07-04 03:01:44 PM
Yeah Rondo is gone in my book too.

Starting with an empty roster, a college coach and then throwing in a cancer like him? Nah I don't see it happen.
 
2013-07-04 03:12:48 PM
Hopefully his record is more major, than mid.
 
2013-07-04 09:32:56 PM
Win or lose...he is set financially for a long long time.
/think ahead
 
2013-07-05 11:25:06 AM

barneyfifesbullet: The Celtics hired Doogie Howser to coach


They said the same thing about Lawrence Frank. Take that for what you will.
 
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