Brown details why Turner joining Celtics as assistant coach is 'great hire'

/ by Nick Goss
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The Boston Celtics made an addition to head coach Brad Stevens' staff last week with the hire of former player Evan Turner as an assistant coach.

Turner's focus reportedly will be on player development in his new role with the C's. 

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The hire was praised by many people when reports surfaced a week ago, and on Friday, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown lauded Turner's arrival as a "great hire."

"I thought that was a great move by the front office," Brown said at a video press conference. "Having people who played the game that are around and played at a high level and just finished playing, I think just having him around is an added benefit to our team.

"We can relate, he can relate to us. He knows how our minds are thinking. Having him in those coaches meetings is going to be important, so I think that was a great hire by the Celtics."

Turner played two seasons with the Celtics in 2014-15 and 2015-16 before leaving via free agency in the summer of 2016 to join the Portland Trail Blazers on a four-year contract worth $70 million. He was well-liked by teammates and coaches in Boston.

Turner's transition to coaching, as Brown notes above, comes right after his playing career has ended. He played the last 10 seasons in the NBA for five different teams, experiencing the lows of lottery teams and the highs of teams making playoff runs. 


His experience, ability to relate with young and veterans players alike, and other skills make him a tremendous addition to the Celtics on and off the court.