HoopsHype Brad Stevens rumors
Tyler Zeller is known for running the floor like a 7-foot gazelle. But in the short time he has been in Boston, his new teammates and coaches have seen there's more to his game. Even head coach Brad Stevens who has known Zeller and his family for years after he tried to recruit Tyler's older brother Luke to Butler, is seeing a side of the big man he didn't know existed. "Probably the thing I've been, maybe the biggest surprise about Tyler Zeller has been the way he passes the ball," Stevens said. CSNNE.com
Maybe that's not exactly how the coach's summer went, but he arrived at Boston Celtics media day with a list of changes that should help his team. The Celtics didn't make the serious roster upgrades they wanted, but Stevens still considers improvement an attainable goal. "I just want a more aggressive mindset overall," Stevens said Monday afternoon. "Offensively and defensively, more pressure. More pace. And hopefully do so with greater consistency. I thought at times we did that well. I thought at times we didn't. I felt like the details of the game were average on our team at best last year. And quite frankly, that's not OK. That's my job and we need to do a much better job with that. Booth Newspapers
The major issue entering training camp is the lack of a veteran presence at center. So far, newcomer Tyler Zeller and second-year player Vitor Faverani are the primary candidates to start. “The funny part is most of you [the media] will be put in a position where you have to name our starting lineup and our rotation and put it down in pencil,” Stevens said. “If you go through it and really put yourself in my shoes, there’s about 150 versions of this that you can go with, more so than last year. And I thought last year we were pretty hard to figure out, so it’s been a fun puzzle to think about but it’s been a puzzle that will figure itself out once we start practice.” Boston Globe
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday and wants all of the team's fans to do the same. In the short video posted above, Stevens said, "I'm here today to do the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS research in honor of my friend, Matt White, and a person that I never met, Dick Kelley, who clearly touched and inspired many in our area. I challenge all Celtics fans to join me in doing the Ice Bucket Challenge." Booth Newspapers
Walter McCarty agreed to a three-year contract to remain as a Celtics assistant coach under Brad Stevens. Deals for other assistants are also in the works. Though McCarty made no secret of his desire to move into a head coaching position — he sought the Boston College job earlier this year — he is thoroughly pleased both with his current job and its location. “I’m excited just to know that I’m going to be here another three years and continue to work with the guys and work with Brad and our staff and Danny (Ainge),” McCarty said. “This is a great organization to work for, and I think we have a lot of chemistry on our staff. I think we have a lot of good things going for us, so I’m excited about being here.” Boston Herald
Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens released the following statement this evening about Celtics Assistant Coach Ron Adams: “I am very happy for Ron for him to have this opportunity to coach in his home-state. We all wish Ron nothing but the best, and appreciate all that he did during his year in Boston.” NBA.com
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