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Celtics repairs begin with changes at the helm - more to come

  I wrote it on April 3, 2021. "Plugging holes in Celtics ship hasn't worked. Time to repair it at dry dock" Well, the first repair is the major one. With the news that Celtics boss, Danny Ainge, is abandoning ship - that is, retiring, Coach Brad Stevens appears destined to take over at the helm in the front office, but the question is - who will come in as coach to fill Brad's role. My guess is that prime candidates are already in the minds of Danny and Brad.


Danny expected more when coming back to Boston in 2003 to take over the reins of a team once ruled by his mentor, Red Auerbach.  Ainge was up to the task, but the game - and who controls much of it - have changed. With two heart attacks in his medical history, and the prospects for Banner #18 not looking hopeful in the next two years, Danny Ainge has called it quits - for now.

Other than maybe a change in majority ownership, Trader Danny's leaving is as huge a move as could take place. But Stevens moving into the front office comes close. It just may be that Stevens is better-suited to handle things from an office than at court-side.

It will be interesting to see if Brad and Danny go with a coach with a style somewhat-apart from what Brad showed us. It may be time for an NBA veteran to take over at the sidelines, maybe even one formerly with The Green. Kevin Garnett and Chauncey Billups have been tagged by some fans as possibilities.

One thing is for sure, and that is some very-significant changes are coming in the makeup of the current roster. Ainge has always been a strong advocate for Marcus Smart, and Stevens has gone with Marcus through thick and thin  But a new coach may have other ideas.  Danny Ainge should be viewed - not by this lackluster season - but rather by what he accomplished in the last 18 years. Another Title or two would have been nice.


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