New Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was looking to add a former player to round out his coaching staff in order to help give him some credibility, being that this will be his first season coaching at the professional level.
Stevens has tabbed Walter McCarty as the man who will fill that role.
McCarty played almost eight seasons in Boston from 1997-2005, and has a personal understanding of what the leaner years look like. He played for Rick Pitino for four years, during which time the team never won more than 36 games. He then experienced some success under Jim O’Brien, going to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, before playing under Doc Rivers during his first season as head coach.
James Posey was reportedly in the running for the position, but comes with only one season in Boston (albeit a championship one) and very little experience coaching at any level.
McCarty’s tenure in Boston was clearly important to Stevens in making the final decision here, as was the former player’s coaching experience. McCarty was a member of Jim O’Brien’s coaching staff with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season, and spent three seasons at Louisville as an assistant coach, as well.
McCarty was employed by the Celtics as a community relations consultant last season.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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