The 2020-21 season has been an absolute whirlwind for the Boston Celtics, as they have endured injuries, COVID-19 complications, and, frankly, flat-out lackluster performances from virtually every player on the roster not named Jayson or Jaylen.
Though they’ve managed to find some semblance of sustained success recently, going 5-1 in their last six outings, it, unfortunately, has not stopped drama from surfacing.
Monday, Indiana University fired head coach Archie Miller after four frustrating seasons at the helm.
With his ouster, Hoosier fans subsequently took to the Twitterverse to discuss their thoughts on how the team should go about finding their next head man, and, interestingly enough, Brad Stevens was tabbed as the most desired candidate to fill the vacant role.
FanSided’s very own Brad Berreman took this narrative a step further by ranking him within the top-3 of his own list of possible replacements for Miller at Indiana:
"Stevens is a Zionsville, Indiana native, and his dad played football at Indiana. His success at Butler, with back-to-back national title games in 2010 and 2011, keeps his profile and overall cache high in coaching circles. For whatever it’s worth, Stevens would be the No. 1 candidate to replace Miller for Indiana fans."
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens linked to the Indiana Hoosiers
Being one of the most successful NBA coaches over the past decade, boasting a 338-264 overall record and a playoff streak now spanning six seasons over his eight-year tenure, finding him listed as a potential flight-risk is a bit of an odd sight to see, especially considering he was just signed to a contract extension last season.
Despite it being an unlikely scenario that Stevens and the Boston Celtics will part ways after this season, the buzz seemingly spread like wildfire, with it eventually making its way to shamrocks superstar Jayson Tatum who, when asked by FanSided’s Mark Carman if he thought there was any chance of this eventually becoming a reality, was taken aback:
"“I have no idea how to answer that question,” Tatum said. “I mean I’m sure, for personal reasons, that would be cool. But as far as I know, Brad loves being with the Celtics and loves his job here.”"
Tatum, like myself, is under the belief that Brad Stevens is a happy member of the Boston Celtics and is fully focused on getting this team back to their rightful status atop the league’s hierarchy and, in turn, contend for yet another deep playoff run.
Until someone says otherwise, we’ll continue feeling this way about the head coach’s situation in Beantown.