Stevens sheds light on Saturday night's bomb threat on Celtics plane

Stevens sheds light on Saturday night's bomb threat on Celtics plane

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens shed some light on the bomb threat to the Boston Celtics’ team plane shortly before it landed in Oklahoma City on Saturday evening in advance of tonight’s game against the Thunder. 

Stevens said most of those on the flight did not know of the threat before the plane landed.

“Only a few of us knew with about an hour or so left in the flight,” Stevens told reporters in Oklahoma City. “Once we landed, we were greeted by a throng of police trucks and fire trucks. We were on the tarmac for a while.”

After that, Stevens said they went to a fire station followed by each individual on the plane being interviewed. 

The team went to their hotel, but most of their belongings arrived some time after being more carefully inspected.

Upon being told of the bomb threat, Stevens was reassured that all the pre-checks had been done properly. 

“Certainly, it’s not a very comfortable situation when you are in the middle of the air,” Stevens said. “It’s sick that somebody would make that call. Everyone that we interacted with, from the people on the plane, to the people once we landed, were terrific.”

Stevens said a flight attendant recommended that he not share the bomb threat news with others while they were still in flight. 

“Don’t know what the right answer is there,” Stevens said. “At the end of the day, you trust the people in the cockpit who got the call and the flight attendants I believe made the suggestion just to keep it as-is and go from there.”

Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.

McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.

The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).


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