Boston Celtics: 2 takeaways from yesterday’s Brad Stevens shocker

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Takeaway #1 The Boston Celtics brass agreed a new voice was needed

There are two ways to look at this news.  On one hand, Brad Stevens got a promotion yesterday, and that was in spite of the fact that he finished this season with a 500 record and a first round playoff exit.

Clearly ownership thinks quite a bit of Stevens if they promoted him and are more or less asking him to run the team even after a disappointing season. Then again, no matter how you slice it, ownership and Danny Ainge didn’t think that Stevens remaining as the head coach was the best thing for the Boston Celtics.

There is a strong possibility that Stevens himself didn’t think returning as the head coach was in the best interest of the Celtics. I never bought into the players need a new voice narrative. Even when former Celtics like Antione Walker suggested the Celtics need a new voice, I scoffed.

Well it’s time for this Brad Stevens fan and all Brad Stevens to stop scoffing.  Clearly the Celtics front office and even Danny Ainge thought the Cs could benefit from a new fresh voice, and even a new perspective.

There is no way around the fact that by making this move, ownership is openly acknowledging the fact that while they have great respect for Brad’s basketball knowledge and insight, they see that there is a need for a new voice and perspective in the locker room.

Who will that new voice be? Will it be someone from the Brad Stevens tree? Will it be a former Celtic player? At this point we can all have fun speculating all of that, but we know one thing for certain: it won’t be Brad Stevens, and that alone tells us all we need know about what ownership thought about the coaching situation.