Jay Larranaga Rumors

The Boston Celtics, with entries in both the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas summer leagues next month, will split their coaching duties between assistants Jay Larranaga and Micah Shrewsberry. Larranaga will be head coach for Boston’s three-game stint in Salt Lake City, while Shrewsberry will take the baton for the duration of the Celtics’ stay in Las Vegas. The reason for the split? Celtics head coach Brad Stevens doesn’t want to burn out Larranaga. “I was actually worried about [Larranaga] coaching this year because he coached last year, then he went to the Ukraine [for work with the national team], so I don’t want to burn anybody out,” said Stevens. “He hasn’t had as much time maybe as the rest of us had to recharge last year. So I actually didn’t want him to do more than the first one.”
Turner may have benefitted in particular from his interaction with Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, considered by most to be future head coach material in the NBA. Larranaga is the latest coach to tackle the enigma of Turner’s jump shot. “He just helped me as a player, growing and preparing. He’s a good coach and a good mentor,” said Turner. “Everything is preparation. My catch and shoot still has a ways to go. But we talk about the overall game. Shooting is just one part.”
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.
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.”
Griffin, an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls, was one of four candidates confirmed to have been invited for meetings with the Sixers’ managing partners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer in New York this week. The other three candidates invited for second interviews are San Antonio assistant Brett Brown, Boston assistant Jay Larranaga and Atlanta assistant Kenny Atkinson.
If the job doesn’t go to Brown, the search for Doug Collins’ replacement would remain competitive, the source said. Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool; Sixers assistant Michael Curry, a holdover from Collins’ staff; and Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga are believed to be the other serious contenders. The source confirmed that Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin also interviewed for the job.
The Sixers have also contacted the Denver Nuggets about interviewing assistant Melvin Hunt, a source said. ESPN.com also has reported that the Sixers have reached out to Chicago Bulls assistant coaches Ed Pickney and Adrian Griffin while CSN Philadelphia reported that Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga is also a candidate.
Jay Larranaga may have only spent one season as an NBA assistant coach. But that’s not stopping the 76ers from considering him as their head coach. The Celtics assistant will interview for the Sixers coaching job, according to multiple reports. In Friday’s other news involving the Sixers, the Jrue Holiday-for-Nerlens Noel trade finally became official and the team won its Orlando Pro Summer League finale.
But if Larranaga wanted to leave, for whatever reason, league sources said Rivers told Larranaga he had a job waiting for him on Rivers’s new staff. At some point, though, Ainge had been seriously considering another candidate to become the next head coach of the Celtics, a candidate that Ainge had, in fact, been eyeing all along in case Rivers ultimately departed: Butler University’s Brad Stevens.