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.”
Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has declined to be a part of George Mason University’s search for a head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. George Mason had targeted Larranaga as one of its top candidates to replace the deposed Paul Hewitt, but Larranaga will pass on the chance to meet with university officials, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga has declined to become a candidate at George Mason, committed to Boston and NBA coaching career. Larranaga is Boston’s top assistant, well-regarded by Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge. He’s considered a future head coaching candidate in NBA.
A source said that, if contacted, Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga will consider interviewing for the opening at George Mason, the program his dad Jim took to the 2006 Final Four. Larranaga is said to view it all with due diligence, as opposed to genuine interest, out of respect for his father’s former program.
“He loves working for Brad (Stevens) and the Celtics,” said the source, indicating that it would take a very special situation — another NBA job — for Larranaga to leave the Celtics. A league source said that Larranaga, who interviewed for the 76ers job last season, can expect to be getting more calls from NBA teams.