CM – Brad Stevens ’2 Top Runners for Celtics Head Coach Job: Report


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Brad Stevens will soon be selecting his successor to head the Boston Celtics

Brad Stevens, president of the Boston Celtics basketball division, is nearing the decision of who will be the franchise’s newest head coach and is reportedly just two lead contenders.

Stadium Jeff Goodman joined Boston Sports Tonight from NBC Sports Boston for the latest update on Stevens’ quest.

« According to my sources, there are currently two names that have really come up and one of which we don’t know if the Celtics can get it is Chauncey Billups, « Goodman said of NBC Sports Boston. “He’s also in the equation for Portland. Maybe in the equation in New Orleans too. The other name that’s trending right now is Ime Idoka, the Nets assistant. ”

After being knocked out in a best-of-7 series by a losing Denver Nuggets team, the angry Portland left Trail Blazer All-Star Damian Lillard the Trail Blazers know it’s time for a new head coach. In fact, he let everyone know on social media, where fans read Lillard’s request that Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd be his new head coach Candidate for the vacant Portland head coach position could prove to be a huge compromise for Lillard to replace Los Angeles assistant coach Jason Kidd. For the Celtics, however, the Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Idoka could be the ideal addition.

Idoka’s unique background in connection with the Celtics stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart stretches back to China in August 2019. His extensive coaching experience spanned seven seasons under the guidance of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

“He was in San Antonio. He’s the guy who coached Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart at the World Championships a few years ago in 2019, ”added Goodman. “These guys didn’t care about him, but they certainly talked a lot about Idoka. He’s been interviewed several times for the Celtics. « 

As things heat up in the race for the next Boston Celtics head coach, @GoodmanHoops has some inside information on two potential top candidates

Udoka is also a former NBA player and someone Goodman says he heard about might be the kind of coach these Celtics need now.

« I spoke to someone today who for extended periods of time Time is with him, « said Goodman. “They described him as a guy with an edge. Not a tough guy. But a guy with an edge, defensive minded, tough, adaptable, young; can really connect with the players. Obviously he’s not a big name, but I don’t think Brad Stevens feels that he has to get involved in it to get a big name. ”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned potential candidates in his first report outside the Celtics’ internal pool of assistant coaches, both Billups and Udoka.

ESPN Sources: Celtics President Brad Stevens has begun seeking permission to speak to head coaching candidates, including assistant Chauncey Billups (Clippers), Darvin Ham and Charles Lee (Bucks), Jamahl Mosley (Mavericks) and Ime Udoka (Nets).


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