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The next, great Celtics coach

Guest article by John Edward James Kaloroumakis

 What do we really need in a new coach for the Boston Celtics? My choice would be a former player who can relate to the present core and ignite a fire under them with no fear of putting them in their place when needed.


Some former Celtics players have come back to Boston to coach the team for which they had played. Bill Russell was dubbed player/coach by Red Auerbach in 1966, resulting in two more Championships for The Green (1967, 1969). Tommy Heinsohn followed Russ on the bench for two more Titles, and K C Jones returned for an additional two Championships.

Former Celtics Larry Bird, Don Nelson and Rick Carlisle went elsewhere to coach and had significant success. Some of the names thrown out there as potential successors to Brad Stevens on the bench are Ime Udoka, Chauncey Billups and Darvin Ham, all of whom command respect from the players they mentor. Will one of them be the leader who takes us back to the Finals and Banner #18?

It is said that the NBA has become a players' League, and if that is true, a strong-willed coach is needed to guide them.- to convince them that team play and defense win Championships. Make the right decision, Brad, and we can watch The Green ascend to the NBA throne where they belong.


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