Brad Stevens hasn’t narrowed down a list of finalists for his replacement but, however some followers have supplied him some recommendation.
A brand new billboard — paid for by Six Star Pro Nutrition — was positioned close to the Celtics’ observe facility and requires Stevens, Boston’s new president of basketball operations, to hire a feminine coach, both Kara Lawson or Becky Hammon, after Stevens was promoted to substitute Danny Ainge.
“Hey Brad, it’s time to shake it up,” the billboard reads. “Hire Kara or Becky!”
Hammon and Lawson have both been popular choices online to take over on the helm. Stevens is trying each inside and outdoors of the group to fill his former place. Rumors have circulated about Stevens requesting interviews with Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, the Lakers’ Jason Kidd, and Nets assistant Ime Udoka, amongst others. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, neither Lawson nor Hammon had been amongst these initially listed as candidates.
Stevens has beforehand given glowing opinions to each Lawson and Hammon. In April, he spoke extremely of Lawson and her time with the Celtics: “Kara Lawson is a star,” he mentioned. “We couldn’t hardly keep her here.”
Lawson started her teaching profession as an assistant for the Celtics between 2019-20 earlier than taking over the pinnacle teaching put up of Duke’s girls’s basketball group. She just lately spoke in regards to the rumors to Bleacher Report, however neither confirmed or denied whether or not she has been approached.
“I’ve done really well in my career by focusing on myself in the moment,” she mentioned. “I loved my time in Boston. I loved coaching those players. It was a special time in my life. The speculation, you can chase a lot of rabbits down a lot of holes.”
While Stevens mentioned she doesn’t know Hammon properly, he has spoken extremely of the Spurs’ six-season assistant coach.
“Becky obviously is a terrific candidate [for a head coaching role],” he mentioned in 2020. “I know what people think about her, and I know how well she is respected all across the league by the players and the coaches.”
Hammon has already made historical past as the primary girl to coach an NBA group throughout a recreation on Dec. 20, after Gregg Popovich was ejected within the second quarter. In addition, she was the primary feminine head coach within the NBA Summer League, and the primary girl to win a Summer League title.
However, Hammon may quickly be out of the operating as she and Chauncey Billups, one other speculated candidate to substitute Stevens, will interview with the Portland Trail Blazers for his or her head teaching place this week. Moreover, the Orlando Magic have additionally pegged her as a doable new head coach.
When requested in regards to the billboard by the Boston Globe, Jarrod Jordan, the chief advertising and marketing officer for Iovate Health Sciences Inc., the father or mother firm of Six Star Pro Nutrition, mentioned the significance of variety in basketball and the Celtics’ alternative to not solely hire a particularly certified coach, but additionally to make historical past.
“We wanted to highlight two outstanding candidates and a moment in history in which both are supremely qualified based on the context of their basketball resume,” Jordan mentioned. “Boston’s basketball franchise made history in 1966 by making Bill Russell the first African American head coach in a major North American men’s sports league. Six Star would love to see yet another groundbreaking hire in 2021.”
While Stevens has but to discover a new head coach, he joked about one piece of recommendation for his successor at a June 2 press convention: “be better than the last guy.”