The Boston Celtics made huge waves on Wednesday when they announced that head coach Brad Stevens would become the team’s new president of basketball operations as Danny Ainge stepped down. It’s a shocking development given Ainge’s success with the team, but one that he would have considered for over two years. With Ainge absent and Stevens as the new president, that now leaves a vacant head coach position for a Celtics team that were pushed out of the playoffs in the first round by the Brooklyn Nets.
It may be some time before Boston decides on a new coach, given that some candidates are currently on the playoff coaching staff. But it’s never too early to determine who might take on the role. Here are the latest rumors regarding the Celtics coaching vacancy.
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Kidd has been linked with several head coaching opportunities in the past since he was fired from his managerial role with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018. Most recently, he was a candidate for the Pelicans’ coaching post before the The team does not join Stan Van Gundy. He has spent the last two seasons as an assistant in Frank Vogel’s squad with the Lakers, and he would be a candidate of interest for the Celtics, by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Kidd has a 183-190 coaching record that included a year with the Brooklyn Nets, but despite his under-500 record and controversial past, his basketball IQ is held in high regard by some of the best players in the world. the league, most notably LeBron James. It has been reported that James has been pushing for Kidd to be on the Lakers’ staff as the four-time NBA champion believes Kidd is the “only person alive who sees basketball with his level of clarity.” If Kidd is good enough for LeBron, maybe he’s good enough for Boston.
The former Pistons legend is in his first season as an assistant coach under Ty Lue with the Clippers, but he has been linked with several jobs in the league, from front office positions to head coach gigs. The Timberwolves were seriously considering him for their president of basketball operations in 2019, and before the Pacers chose Nate Bjorkgren as their head coach before the start of this season, Billups was a strong contender. Like Kidd, Billups is a well-regarded figure in the league and would add cachet with his decorated career as a player. It also has some links with some Celtics players, according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, which could go a long way in determining who will fill Stevens’ shoes. Although he was not on the sidelines for long, Billups Basketball IQ should more than make up for his lack of experience as a coach.
Although Pierce was sacked in the middle of the season with the Atlanta Hawks, he is still respected in the league by players and coaches, which is evident given that the Celtics would be interested in him as the next head coach. He hasn’t had much success since becoming the league’s head coach, with a 63-120 record, and his coaching style has taken a toll on some of the Hawks’ young players this season, which has partly led to his dismissal. However, he has extensive experience in player development and as an assistant coach he has known several Celtics players since coaching the USA Basketball team and relationship with Stevens.
Celtics are said to be beating up Udoka as head coach candidate. With his CV, it’s easy to see why. He spent seven seasons as Gregg Popovich’s assistant in San Antonio, then joined former Sixers coach Brett Brown as top assistant and devised Philadelphia’s defensive plan. When Brown was fired after last season, Udoka was considered promoted to head coach, but after the franchise hired Doc Rivers to replace Brown, Udoka joined Steve Nash’s staff in Brooklyn. With Udoka’s assistant coaching history, it’s only a matter of time before he gets his first head coaching job, and his defensive coaching style would work well with the build. of the Celtics roster between Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.