HoopsHype Ron Adams rumors

January 3, 2014 Updates

Ron Adams, in his first season as a Celtics assistant, forged a close relationship with Stevens when Stevens was at Butler University and Adams was on Tom Thibodeau’s staff with the Bulls. Adams was not re-signed by Chicago last summer. Thibodeau talked before Thursday’s game about how Adams can help Stevens’s development as an NBA coach. “He’s a great assistant; he’s a great coach, period,” Thibodeau said. “I think Brad has really studied the pro game for a long time. He came by a few times to visit with Ron when Ron was here. “Obviously his record speaks for itself at this level and I think he’s done a terrific job with the Celtics. Boston Globe

January 2, 2014 Updates

Adams does so after general manager Gar Forman didn't renew his Bulls' contract in late June in an unusual move that drew widespread league attention because head coaches typically handle their staffs and the Bulls were coming off three straight playoff berths. It also raised questions about the working relationship between Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau. Adams, who said he's enjoying working with Stevens and the Celtics, addressed Forman's decision for the first time publicly in an interview. Forman declined comment, as he has since addressing the matter generally at the time. "It's still a bit mystifying to me," Adams said. "And I don't understand it. And if the intent was to be hurtful to me and my family, it succeeded." Chicago Tribune

Ron Adams, who said he's enjoying working with Stevens and the Celtics, addressed Forman's decision for the first time publicly in an interview. Forman declined comment, as he has since addressing the matter generally at the time. "It's still a bit mystifying to me," Adams said. "And I don't understand it. And if the intent was to be hurtful to me and my family, it succeeded." Chicago Tribune

Baxter Holmes: Celtics veteran assistant coach Ron Adams returns to Chicago for tonight's C's-Bulls game. Bulls GM Gar Forman let Adams go last season. Adams to Globe: "Some places are fun, but this one is a little bit more problematic. I’m on good terms w/ everyone there, except 1 person.” Twitter @BaxterHolmes

Despite becoming a free agent in late June, when many staff openings have been filled, Adams drew interest from the Clippers, Pacers, Spurs, Thunder, Nets and Celtics. He first met Stevens at a coaching symposium at the University of Florida after Stevens had just started at Butler University. When Adams' daughter matriculated at Butler, the relationship grew, blooming more significantly during the NBA lockout. "We'd talk and if I was in that area, I would visit. I followed his teams," Adams said. "I always thought he was a bright talent who worked more than miracles at Butler." Chicago Tribune

December 18, 2013 Updates
December 6, 2013 Updates

Sullinger has some credit to pass around for the Celts’ improvements on the defensive end. “I think you’ve got to put a big chunk of that on Brandon (Bass) and a big chunk of that on assistant coach Ron Adams,” Jared Sullinger said. “Ron Adams was the defensive coach and assistant coach in Chicago, and obviously Chicago plays some tough defense, and he knows his stuff. And also I think Brandon really, as far as the bigs standpoint, took on that role of talking to us and teaching us defensive principles. And also Gerald (Wallace) as far as the guards. Gerald is a defensive-minded guy, obviously. He’s always on the ground. He’s always taking charges. Those three guys right there have really helped us out.” Boston Herald

October 18, 2013 Updates

Adams has also been a steady influence with Stevens. The two constantly chat during practice and on the bench during games, where they sit side by side. “What I love about Ron is he understands the process, he understands the big picture, but he challenges you to be great every day,” Stevens said. “He is the first guy to tell you that you did something right, but he’s also not afraid to say, ‘We need to do this differently, or we need to change this, or this probably will be tough to do.’ Boston Globe

In fact, league sources said Adams was the hottest assistant on the open market, a respected veteran that many of the 13 coaches taking over new teams wanted as the centerpiece on their staff. For Stevens, Adams was a high priority. They met at a coaching clinic in Florida back when Stevens took over at Butler at the age of 30, making him the second-youngest head coach in Division 1. Stevens visited Adams in Chicago some, and Adams stopped by Stevens’s Butler practices some, then more when Adams’s daughter started attending the university. “I thought he was a very bright young guy,” Adams recalled. “He had a big task ahead of him because he was inheriting a program that had won a lot.” Boston Globe

August 23, 2013 Updates

Walter McCarty’s education as a coach came from a very unpopular voice here in Boston. But without it, the former Celtics reserve forward might not be answering questions as a new assistant for Brad Stevens. McCarty — who was hired by Stevens to fill out the Celtics coaching staff with Ron Adams and Micah Shrewsberry, along with holdovers Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga — spent three seasons, starting in 2007, as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under his former C’s coach Rick Pitino. It was there where he learned the intricacies of what a coach does behind the scenes, and how to find a voice as an assistant from a guy who has brought three different programs to the Final Four. “Working for Rick Pitino taught me a lot. It really prepared me for how to prepare for opponents, how to scout games, how to teach and develop players, and how to speak and communicate with players, as well,” McCarty said from the Celtics practice facilities before a private basketball clinic with MarShon Brooks for YMCA of Greater Boston youth yesterday. Boston Herald

August 21, 2013 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have added Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsberry, and Walter McCarty to the team as assistant coaches. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Adams, Shrewsberry and McCarty join Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga on Head Coach Brad Stevens’ coaching staff. "I am really excited about our assistant coaching staff that we have here in Boston,” said Stevens. In this group, we have successfully assembled a passionate, intelligent, hard-working, and humble staff with a diverse set of experiences in coaching. We are all eager to get to work with this year's team, and take great pride in being a part of the Boston Celtics organization." NBA.com

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have added Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsberry, and Walter McCarty to the team as assistant coaches. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Adams, Shrewsberry and McCarty join Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga on Head Coach Brad Stevens’ coaching staff. NBA.com

July 22, 2013 Updates

Do you guys have a replacement ready for Ron Adams? [Editor’s note: Adams was Thibodeau’s lead assistant, and is well-regarded around the league. The Bulls did not renew his contract, leading to rumors of a rift between the coaching staff and the front office.] Tom Thibodeau: No, we’ll see. Can you elaborate on why, from what you’ve heard, the team allowed him to move on? Tom Thibodeau: Nah. We’re not going to look backward. We’re going to look ahead. We’re just thinking about next season. Did that decision create as much tension between you and Gar [Forman, the team’s GM] as was rumored? Tom Thibodeau: We’re fine. We’re just thinking about next year. Grantland

July 16, 2013 Updates

Former Chicago Bulls lead assistant coach Ron Adams, widely considered one of the top assistants in the NBA, will be joining the Celtics in a similar role, a league source confirmed to the Globe Monday. Adams has more than two decades of NBA experience, making him a valuable addition for Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has none. “He’s as good as there is in the business,” an NBA head coach said of Adams. “He’ll help Brad out a lot. It’s a great hire.” In Chicago, Adams was the lead assistant to Tom Thibodeau, the former Celtics assistant coach and Adams’s longtime friend. Boston Globe

July 15, 2013 Updates
July 14, 2013 Updates

In a wide-ranging, 14-minute interview with beat reporters before the Bulls defeated the Grizzlies 81-67 in their summer-league opener, Thibodeau didn't shed much light on his relationship with Forman. Nor did he deeply address the surprising departure of lead assistant Ron Adams, which lifted the curtain on some strain between coaches and management. "Hey, it's fine," Thibodeau said. "(Executive vice president John Paxson) and Gar are in charge of putting the roster together. I have a voice. They make the final decision. That's the way it works." Chicago Tribune

Speaking to the media on Saturday for the first time since lead assistant coach and close friend Ron Adams was let go, Thibodeau did his best to dismiss the idea there’s a rift between him and general manager Gar Forman. “No, we’re fine,” Thibodeau said before the Bulls played the Memphis Grizzlies in their first NBA Summer League game. Chicago Sun-Times

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