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I read somewhere that the Pistons had inquired about Rondo. When I read that I thought no way, now.... If you are going to shoot for the lottery, go all in on it. I hope for Stevens' sake he got some assurances they will have patience for the long hall this could be.
Thanks for the link. That was a really good read.
Stevens with Wiggins as a franchise player? Hmmm
I have a ton of respect for what Coach Stevens accomplished. I hope he finds the same success in the NBA. Now there is only one quality program in the state of Indiana and that is ours.
"God was here before the Marine Corps. So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Corps!"
Not that I thought Lyles was really considering Butler, but I can guarantee is isn't any longer. He will most certainly be at UK or UL.
Might be part of what makes the job desirable: the promise of a lengthy grace period.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Doesn't seem to be many promises kept in sports these days.
Where is GoColts? He and I got into it over this in a battle that lasted weeks. "Stephens will never leave Butler or Indy" right....
Which side of that question were you on?
"It's Indiana. It's Indiana. What I feel is the pinnacle, the absolute pinnacle of all of college basketball".
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A small group of interview candidates has emerged at Butler, including the three current assistants, sources say: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22626876/butler-to-move-quickly-in-finding-stevens-replacement …
Sources indicated that Butler has a small group of initial candidates to interview, including all three current assistant coaches on the Bulldogs' staff. The current assistants are Michael Lewis, Terry Johnson and Brandon Miller.
One name not on the list, per sources, is former assistant coach Matthew Graves. Graves could have been next in line, but he left earlier this offseason for the head coach spot at South Alabama.
stevens is such a great story. worked for eli lilly in 2000, an assistant coach for little ole butler as recent as 2007, in the 6 years that followed turned them into a nationally relevant program with b2b national title appearances, and now the head coach for one of the most prestigious nba franchises. the celtics offered him 6 years, 22 million; near impossible to turn that down. he earned it.
in every other way this news sucks. a loss for basketball in the state of indiana, although it'll surely be fine, and a big loss for the college game. arguably the top coach in the collegiate ranks. 166 wins in his first 6 years as head coach, most ever for d-1. as somebody who's a much, much bigger fan of ncaab than nba, kinda hope he fails up there and comes back. his success at butler enriched the basketball in this state while it was down, the more successful programs here the better, and it bolstered the national attention on the state of indiana, the way it should be. hope butler hires a top notch coach and keeps attracting nice talent.
Ron Helmer: "Everyone says you should hate Purdue. I dont. I just feel sorry for them." I'm with Ron.
Good luck to coach! Go to the league, make some bank, and if it doesn't work out, go back to college and take pretty much whatever gig you want! Too bad for Butler, though I think they will do what they have done in the past.
As a Celtics fan, I'm fired up. I'm also hearing my former co-workers at the Celtics love the hire (which isn't always the case).
IMO it's low risk/high upside for both parties. For the C's, they get a bright young coach, who has a ton of upside, for a rebuild. He'll be making a lot less than Doc did too, and if it doesn't work out in a few years you move on. For Stevens, there's not immediate pressure to win, he'll make more money than at Butler and if it doesn't work out every college in the country will want him.
Well, to quote the legendary Clark Griswold: "If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am right now".
That is a bold, bold move by both parties. The most historic franchise in the NBA hiring a coach that has never coached at the pro level, and possibly the most coveted college coach in the country making the leap that few have had success with.
The nuts-and-bolts aspects of the game won't be a concern for Stevens, and I think he'll adapt to the fishbowl that comes with being Boston's head coach; having grown up in a basketball-insane state should help a little with that. . The one thing that you can't prepare for is the NBA ego. Managing a college team is a totally different task than managing paid professionals.
Great line Zline. I am absolutely stunned. Just shocked. Did.not.see.this.coming
Wow! When I saw this on twitter I thought it was a joke. This caught everybody by surprise. Good luck to Brad Stevens!
"The one thing that you can't prepare for is the NBA ego. Managing a college team is a totally different task than managing paid professionals."
I think Calipari would disagree. Sorry, somebody was going to say it and I thought I'd take a chance.
One of my favorite movie quotes, love it!
Well played, sir.
Let me add, I am a HUGE, HUGE Brad Stevens fan. I think he will be very successful anywhere he coaches, any level. Just a very impressive coach, and person for that matter. I think he will do great. If I read the scroll correctly, he got a 6 year deal.
Was very shocked when I saw the news...wish him well but WOW can't believe he's leaving for the NBA. Never saw that coming.
Still can't wrap my mind around this one. Huge opportunity for Stevens though.
Probably not an option because he is not in the Butler "family", but I think Tim Buckley would be a great choice as well with great experience and has been a proven recruiter.
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