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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.


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