In 2014, rumors linked Celtics coach Brad Stevens to the Indiana Hoosiers’ job. Stevens shot those down on two counts:
- Indiana coach Tom Crean didn’t deserve that speculation.
- Stevens was committed to Boston.
Three years later, Stevens can’t use his faith in Crean as a shield. The Hoosiers fired him, creating a clear opening.
But Stevens is sticking firmly with his other explanation.
“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else,” Stevens, an Indiana native who led Butler University to a pair of national title runner-up finishes, told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Brooklyn. “I’m made pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit. And I’ll keep saying the same thing. I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction.”
Stevens was an excellent college coach. There’s practically nothing he can do in the NBA to become undesirable on the college level.
But he’s also flourishing in the NBA, guiding the Celtics’ ascension and even coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars this year. He signed an extension just last year. Why would he want to bolt?
It’s nice to have college as a fallback option, but Stevens has no need to settle for his fallback.