Since Brad Stevens was hired as the 17th coach of the Boston Celtics, he has been busy writing letters to Celtic alumni, scouting summer league games, and constructing a staff to help him to transition to life in the NBA.
So far Stevens has brought in former Butler associates, Micah Shrewsbury and Ronald Nored, along with former Bulls assistant and longtime NBA coach Ron Adams.
Now Stevens may be bringing on someone many Celtics fans are familiar with.
Former Celtic James Posey among the candidates to fill out Brad Stevens' staff in Boston, source told ESPN. Stevens likely to hire ex-player
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 17, 2013
Posey was part of the 2008 Celtics squad that won a championship. Although he only played one year in Boston, before leaving as a free agent to New Orleans, he became a fan favorite for his relentless hustle and clutch plays.
One of the biggest question marks surrounding Stevens entry into the NBA is his ability to relate to players. With no previous NBA coaching or playing experience, critics have worried that he will not be able to gain player’s respect on a consistent basis.
Posey is just 36-years-old, and most recently played for the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Being fresh out of the game, Posey should be able to relate to today’s current crop of players. That could be a valuable asset to the first year head coach.
Stevens has also emphasized the importance of the Celtics culture and the rich tradition it carries.
With his championship experience as a Celtic, Posey provides a link to the Celtics’ past as Stevens attempts to rebuild a new-look Celtics roster.