BOSTON (CBS) – Brad Stevens was named the 17th head coach of the Boston Celtics at the beginning of July, but a former Celtic and fan favorite put his name into the running as soon as Doc Rivers was no longer on the Boston bench.
Former Boston Celtic and current member of the Golden State Warriors coaching staff Brian Scalabrine dropped by the 98.5 The Sports Hub’s studio to hang out with Toucher & Rich on Tuesday, and explained that the day after the Rivers deal with the LA Clippers was finalized he called Danny Ainge about the Celtics’ job opening.
Scal admitted that he was kind of half joking about why he’d be a good candidate for the Boston job — saying that he had been here during a team rebuild and has a great relationship with Rajon Rondo. At that point, Ainge revealed that if top candidates on his list didn’t work out, Scalabrine would enter the interview process.
“Which means there’s no shot,” Scal said. “Five people are not turning down the Boston Celtics job, I don’t care who they are.”
They went on to discuss Brad Stevens, with Fred wondering if the 36-year-old head coach’s age will be a detriment to him at first. Is the fact that this is a young team help him gain the respect of the players quicker?
Scal doesn’t think Stevens’ age will not hurt him in the beginning and the fact that the team is so young is a positive.
“The biggest adjustment is going to be him just understanding the culture of the NBA and understanding the locker room of the NBA, and as he’s figuring that out he also has to figure out how to win games and figure out his defensive philosophy.”
Also, what was Scal doing wrestling leprechauns??? Listen as the guys explain it all.