With Indiana University searching for its next men’s basketball head coach, rumors have swirled about them being interested in making an offer to Brad Stevens. However, the Boston Celtics head coach denied it and made it clear that he wants to remain in Bean Town.
Asked to share whether he has already heard of some of the chatter linking him to the university, the Indiana native admitted he did, but also said via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald that he wants to continue coaching the C’s unless their top brass decides to move him elsewhere.
“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else, but I’ve made it pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit and my answer will be the same — I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction,” he said before last night’s game against Brooklyn.”
“Maybe a little bit. One thing about it — I grew up in that state and spend a lot of time down there. I certainly love the state of Indiana and what basketball means in that state. IU means a lot to the people in that state. I was no different as a kid, but again, I’ll be here. Doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of the teams in the state — I root for one a heck of a lot more than the rest.”
Stevens has been calling the shots for the Celtics for four seasons now and has been very successful at it. After missing the playoffs in his first year, he led the team to two consecutive postseason appearances, and is once again geared for another run at the title in this campaign.
The Boston faithful should consider this as a good sign as the 40-year-old mentor has been vocal about his loyalty to the team. He has been one of the reasons why they are enjoying their current run of success and will be an important piece for them in their quest to bring back lost glory to the storied franchise.