Brad Stevens addresses Kyrie Irving's exit, wishes him 'health and success'

Brad Stevens addresses Kyrie Irving's exit, wishes him 'health and success'

LAS VEGAS - With Kyrie Irving now a Brooklyn Net, we’ve seen folks do what typically happens when a talented player takes their talent elsewhere - everyone has a boatload of negative comments about them. 

But as you might expect, Brad Stevens isn’t one of those people as he addressed the media prior to Boston’s Summer League game against Denver on Tuesday night. 

He touched on several topics, including the departure of Irving, which by most accounts was not an amicable parting of the ways.

When asked if there was anything he in hindsight felt he could have done for a different outcome, Stevens responded, "I don’t know if there’s anything anyone individually necessarily feels like they should have done or could have done [to keep Irving]. That’s part of free agency. You can go wherever you want."

Stevens added, “I enjoyed Kyrie; I like Kyrie. I wish him nothing but health and success.”

While the narrative often floated about tends to portray the Celtics’ problems boiling down to good and bad guys, Stevens was quick to point out that was not why the team had an underwhelming season that ended with the C's elimination in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks. 

“Anytime you go through a year like we went through where you don’t necessarily meet expectations...There’s probably going to be some change. And I don’t fault him one bit for choosing to follow whatever he wants to do; that’s his right.”

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NBA to implement coach's challenge system for 2019-20 season

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NBA to implement coach's challenge system for 2019-20 season

The NBA is making some major changes to its replay review system for the 2019-20 season.

On Tuesday, the league announced it will implement a Coach's Challenge system similar to the NFL's on a one-year trial basis. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously voted in favor of that change, as well as the NBA Replay Center having the ability to trigger instant replays in some circumstances.

The NBA Board of Governors today unanimously approved two changes to instant replay rules. The first change is the introduction of a Coach's Challenge to trigger instant replay review of a limited set of matters. A version of the Coach's Challenge that has been in effect in the NBA G League for the last two seasons and is being used at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 will be adopted in the NBA on a one-year trial basis during the 2019-20 season.

The second change enables the NBA Replay Center (in addition to the on-court referees) to trigger instant replay in certain circumstances. The process, which was successfully tested at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 and is being used again at this year's event, will be implemented for the 2019-20 NBA season. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, some of the situations in which challenges will be permitted are personal fouls charged to the coach’s team, out-of-bounds violations, and goaltending and basket-interference violations. 

The NBA has tested coach's challenges during Summer League and in the G-League last season. Coaches will be limited to only one challenge per game, so Brad Stevens and Co. will be forced to use them wisely.

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Celtics officially add three new coaches, including Kara Lawson, to their staff

Celtics officially add three new coaches, including Kara Lawson, to their staff

The Boston Celtics have officially hired three new members to be a part of their coaching staff. Per an official press release distributed by the team, they have added Kara Lawson, Brandon Bailey, and Joe Mazzulla to Brad Stevens' staff ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season.

The biggest hire of the bunch is Lawson. The former WNBA star becomes the first female coach in Celtics' 73-year history. She played 337 games over the course of 12 years in the WNBA and averaged 9.8 points on 39 percent shooting from behind the arc. She also earned a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Most recently, Lawson had served as the color commentator for NBC Sports Washington's coverage of the Washington Wizards and also spent time with ESPN. But now, she will have a chance to coach at the NBA level.

Bailey rejoins the Celtics after getting some head coaching experience with the Maine Red Claws. Bailey has been the head coach in Maine since October of 2017 and logged a 36-64 record in two seasons in that role. Prior to that, he had served as a video coordinator for the Celtics for six years.

Mazzulla is also returning to the Celtics' organization after serving as the head coach at Fairmount State University for two seasons. During that time, the former Red Claws assistant logged an impressive 43-17 record as a head coach. He also was a solid player during his time at West Virginia (2006-2011) where he learned under current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, John Beilein, and current West Virginia head coach, Bob Huggins.

These changes could bring some extra energy to the Celtics' coaching staff. We'll soon see how the new hires pan out as they begin working with the Celtics during the coming weeks.

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