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.
After missing two entire seasons, all signs are pointing to 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid finally taking the court this season. Last week, Sixers coach Brett Brown said that Embiid has looked great in his workouts and is on track to play in the preseason, and Embiid himself echoed that sentiment over the weekend. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Marc Narducci that he feels “100 percent.”
There’s always a possibility and fear that Embiid’s recurring foot problems will come back, but for now, all indications are that he’s feeling good and will be able to contribute this season, which should make Sixers fans excited.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.