Celtics

Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. – One of the reasons Doc Rivers left Boston for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013 was to have a bigger say in personnel matters, with the ex-Celtics coach doubling as the Clippers’ head coach as well as their president of basketball operations.
 
Current Celtics coach Brad Stevens does provide input to the team’s front office, but Stevens – for now at least – has shown no inclination of having a louder voice when it comes to roster decisions even with a contract extension.
 
“My voice is plenty loud,” quipped Stevens. “I’m not worried about that.”
 
In the NBA, there’s a growing trend among teams to have coaches who also pull double-duty as a key figure in the team’s front office.
 
Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer and former Celtics assistant and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau – now in Minnesota - all have recently assumed both head coaching and final say duties within their respective organizations.
 
From the time Stevens arrived in Boston in 2013, he has maintained that everyone within the organization has a specific role to play.
 
And his role is to be the best head coach he can possibly be for the Celtics to be successful.
 
“That’s why you work around people that are really talented at what they do,” Stevens said. “You feel good about that.”
 
Indeed, Stevens has shown a tremendous amount of faith in Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, putting together a roster that he can work with.
 
Even when the Celtics make moves that are more about building for the future rather than addressing a present-day need, Stevens has shown an unflappable confidence that he can position the team to compete regardless of what he’s given to work with.
 
Look no further than the 2014-2015 season when the Celtics made four trades within a week (Jan. 9-15, 2015). And that doesn’t’ factor in their trade deadline buzzer-beating deal which netted them future All-Star Isaiah Thomas from Phoenix.
 
Despite having lineups that were shuffled about constantly that season, Stevens still managed to lead the Celtics to the postseason, where they were eliminated in the first round.
 
The trust that Stevens has in the Celtics’ front office extends to his staff as well.
 
“Those guys have a lot of responsibility to help, grow and enhance young players,” Stevens said. “We all have a role to play.”
 
Stevens added, “Certainly my opinion is asked but I’m not involved in the day to day. It’s good. We all just try to play our role as well as we can. We have great ownership that allows us to do that.”