Skip to main content

Answer to question of next Celtics coach lies between the extremes

 What are the Celtics waiting for in the hiring of their next coach? To talk to Mike D'Antoni now that the Nets are out of contention? For Rajon Rondo to finish his season - retire - and potentially head to Beantown as a rookie coach?


We hear that a black coach is needed to replace Brad Stevens. Maybe. How about a female at the helm? Possibly. The problem is that both courses narrow the field of candidates.

There are only seven black head coaches dispersed through 30 teams, but three of them are now immersed in the NBA Finals. That fact can not be ignored.

The Boston Celtics in their search for their next coach need to avoid the extremes - meaning they need to choose the best individual available regardless of color, gender, religion - or any other designation. They can not narrow the field by attempting to lure only black men or women of any color. And don't make the same mistake by limiting choices to only white, male candidates. 

Nor can they neglect to go for the wild card of a rookie coach. That should not be ruled out. I always run through my mind, "What would Red (Auerbach) do". Red made sure that Bill Russell coached himself and his comrades in 1966. He gave rookie coach Tommy Heinsohn a shot at the position, and that worked for two Titles. Ditto for K C Jones. Two Titles later, Red giving the job to K C proved a fine move.

I have no idea what Brad Stevens has in mind for his successor on the bench, but avoiding the extremes is the answer. Keep the field wide open - don't discriminate on color or gender- don't discard the possibility of a former NBA veteran-as-rookie-coach - and make the best choice for the current Celtics squad to make a serious run at the 2022 Championship now that the Nets and 76'ers no longer present such a major block to that goal.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - and some hope for the future By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.) and Off. Steven Bezanson (Ret.) Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating menace When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the stage is often set for true horror. Such was the case with triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante . After 34 years, the legend lives on . Time to set it straight from the cops that were there. The major point here is that when the court system failed , and dumped this murderer back into the community, that same community joined forces with the police, and the resulting partnership (hopefully) guaranteed this man will die in prison . Elm Street  surfaces on three occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts 2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) He was  tried and convicted  of the murders at  Superior Court , corner

Sign the Petition! Let's honor Tommy Heinsohn

  No longtime Celtics fan can watch games this year without a somewhat heavy heart. For the last 50 plus years, we have been blessed as a franchise to have Tommy Heinsohn, Mr. Celtic himself, as a part of the organization. Whether it be as a player, coach, or commentator, Tommy has been an instrumental figure for the green, and his presence is missed on every broadcast. Nobody embodied what it meant to be a Celtic more than Tommy, and I know I miss his energy and ferocity every time Scal claims the refs "made the right call" against the Cs. While Tommy obviously belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Celtics, he is often overlooked in his place among the greats of NBA history. Looking back upon his life, one would be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger impact on NBA basketball than Mr. Celtic. For those who are unfamiliar, let's do a quick review. Tommy is one of 2 people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach (the other being the indomitable Len

Using trade exception to acquire Aaron Gordon needs consideration

The Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon was taken fourth-overall in the 2014 NBA draft, two spots before Boston picked Marcus Smart at #6. I felt at the time that Danny Ainge would have taken Gordon with the sixth pick if the 6'8" power forward was still on the board. Well now, with a $28.5 million trade exception in his hands, it may be time to consider adding the super-athletic wing. Here's why: Brad Stevens feels you can't have enough mid-sized wings Brad Stevens does not favor the "little guys" because they often get mis-matched on defense by taller opponents. He also is not fond of the old-school, big centers. In his mind, they just can't be effective on his switching, perimeter defensive strategies. Gordon's salary fits the trade exception Aaron is set to earn $18.1 million this season and $16.4 million in the 2021-22 season. His salary was front-loaded, and that relatively-low $16.1 million figure kicks in when Jayson Tatum's max contract goes