Brad Stevens: President of Basketball Ops

Jeff Van GULLY

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If Zarren leaves this is not good. What has Brad Stevens demonstrated as a talent evaluator?
 

HowBoutDemSox

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Yeah, they aren’t firing Ainge to bring in someone who worked with him. It will be a fresh face and a new approach. That guy won’t be tied to any of Ainge’s recent draft picks so a huge shakeup will be a coming.
Well, he definitely has the fresh face thing going on.
 

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I'll think this through later, but given Brad's options, this suggests that everyone involved likes his basketball mind, but also thinks he lost the team on a day-to-day coaching basis.
 

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I hate this.

He did a great job at Butler, and over-exceeded expectations the first couple of years, but don't get this at all.
 

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That’s a big fucking deal. Have to assume he gets to hand pick his successor.
 

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Shoot high and go for Pop. He has a relationship with Stevens, Brown, Tatum, Smart, and Kemba, and has more than paid his dues in San Antonio.
 

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If Zarren leaves this is not good. What has Brad Stevens demonstrated as a talent evaluator?
He recruited the players who took Butler to the National Championship Game. I mean, that’s a pretty huge feather in ones cap as far as talent evaluation.
 

DJnVa

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Wow.

Who's on the coaching shortlist? Will Tatum/Brown get any say? Do they know enough about other coaches to have any knowledge?
 

Cesar Crespo

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Why do people hate it? Like we have any clue how Stevens the GM will be. Give him a chance.

Why do we need a big name GM or established GM? Sometimes going with a Theo is the right move.

edit: And I'm not even a Brad Stevens fan.
 

Ale Xander

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Well actually there is one good thing about it. Defending the players and going after the refs isn't an issue anymore.
 

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I hate this.

He did a great job at Butler, and over-exceeded expectations the first couple of years, but don't get this at all.
My guess is Stevens is basically the Celtics equivalent of Theo and they would rather keep him as a personnel and basketball ideology mind than lose him to a college program.

Ainge isn’t going to go forever. This was probably in the works for a while I would guess.
 

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I think Danny got shitcanned and was given the ability to save face and "step down". This has obviously been in the making for a while. Especially true if Danny doesn't retire.
 

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If Brad shivved Ainge in secret with Wyc, this is an all-time Godfather moment. I’m actually laughing.
 
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I think the organization needed to make changes, and it’s a good time for Ainge to separate. Also good to still have Brad in the fold. Now, whether they can stick the landing on the overall front office/coaching staff...
 

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Wow is right. I mostly liked Brad as coach, and thought this past year, was not indicative of anything about him, but wonder if this move to the FO is a good thing.

Can he build a winner?

And who does he hire as coach?
 

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SO much for Danny's recent statement on the radio "Of course I'll be back".
 

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Why do people hate it? Like we have any clue how Stevens the GM will be. Give him a chance.

Why do we need a big name GM or established GM? Sometimes going with a Theo is the right move.

edit: And I'm not even a Brad Stevens fan.
Theo was groomed for a GM job since law school and groomed for a job with the Red Sox basically since his bar mitzvah.
 

DJnVa

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Given Brad's likely relationship with Tatum and Brown, and the way the league works, it'd be fireable if they didn't have any input.
Sure. But since they've never played for anyone else, what can they really provide except "this is what i want"? It's not like Tatum/Brown didn't have freedom under Brad. He has to get some credit for them.
 

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If Brad shivved Ainge in secret with Wyc, this is an all-time Godfather moment. I’m actually laughing.
I would imagine there's an internal scoreboard over who was better at draft/player evaluations the past few years. Guessing Brad did better and built capital.
 

Gash Prex

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Thank god they kept Brad - I don't agree with those wanting him out. He is a bright basketball mind and a useful asset for the Celtics.
 

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Why do people hate it? Like we have any clue how Stevens the GM will be. Give him a chance.

Why do we need a big name GM or established GM? Sometimes going with a Theo is the right move.

edit: And I'm not even a Brad Stevens fan.
It’s interesting for sure. I don’t mind it either. Brad is obv a strong basketball mind I was just never sure he was the best fit as an NBA Head Coach. This role may actually better suit him.
 

DJnVa

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I think Danny got shitcanned and was given the ability to save face and "step down". This has obviously been in the making for a while. Especially true if Danny doesn't retire.
There's rumors he's interested in working with Utah.
 

Cesar Crespo

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Theo was groomed for a GM job since law school and groomed for a job with the Red Sox basically since his bar mitzvah.
How do we know Stevens hasn't been being groomed by Ainge? And I don't think the GM job is much different than being a HC at a college. He was doing all the recruiting and talent evaluation anyway.
 

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I like this - they keep the culture intact and can pivot to a new style coach.
Sad Brad never won a title as a coach, however.