Micah Shrewsberry Rumors
Boston Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry has emerged as a serious candidate for the University of Massachusetts coaching job, league sources told The Vertical. Shrewsberry has interviewed with UMass officials about the opening and is expected to be granted a second meeting soon, sources said.
Thomas joked that he should get a starting nod now that his coaches are in control. That is not allowed, of course, but perhaps he will have some influence regarding playing time. Shrewsberry said that Thomas’s value to the Celtics might actually have the reverse effect in New Orleans. “Brad will probably put him in a bubble,” he said, smiling. “We play Toronto right after the All-Star Game, so we’ll probably play [Kyle] Lowry and [DeMar] DeRozan all 48 minutes.”
So near the start of each summer, Stevens gathers with his assistants and maps out plans for small reunions. Sometimes a coach is dispatched to visit with just one player; other times he meets with a group. They are instructed to do more than just lead a workout or check whether the players are in shape, though. “More importantly, just to see them, sweat with them, spend time with them, have lunch with them,” assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry said. “Just continue to grow these bonds.”
Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young recently went to Michigan to visit forward Jonas Jerebko. They played basketball at Jerebko’s home, swam in the pool, cooked out, lifted weights, and watched the US men’s national team in the Olympics. Larranaga has made several stops in Atlanta to work with Al Horford, R.J. Hunter, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, and Jaylen Brown. Last month, he showed Horford, the Celtics’ marquee free-agent signee of the summer, some set plays the Celtics run after timeouts.
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.”
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.”