COMMENTARY | It's no secret the Boston Celtics are still scouring the earth looking for former players to help round out the team's still-incomplete coaching staff.
Boston Globe reporter Gary Washburn tweeted Sunday, Aug. 18 that new head coach Brad Stevens was interested in hiring an assistant coach who had NBA experience and could build a relationship with All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
Reports that are now surfacing suggest that Boston may be getting close to hiring at least one former player who appears meet Stevens' requirements, and Celtics fans will be happy to hear the two leading names are former fan-favorites.
A key 2008 role player is considered
The name being thrown around most often is former Celtics small forward and defensive stalwart James Posey. According to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Posey, a pivotal part of Boston's 2008 championship run, is possibly the top choice at this point for Stevens. Posey has made it clear that he is interested in coaching, even spending time working as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers during this year's Las Vegas summer league.
James Posey makes a lot of sense as a future Celtics assistant coach. He not only played for the team and has a reputation for hard work and a focus on defense, but he also spent the entire 2007-2008 season with Rajon Rondo, a factor that appears to be important if the reports about Brad Stevens are true.
A second name in consideration
A second former player that has emerged as a frontrunner in the race for possibly the last open assistant coaching spot is former forward Walter McCarty, another favorite of Celtics fans. Comcast SportsNet's Greg Dickerson tweeted that McCarty has received serious consideration from coach Stevens, who reportedly invited McCarty to meet with him personally on two separate occasions to discuss the possibility of joining the staff "in some capacity."
McCarty, who played most of his career for the Celtics as a role player, was known for his passion for the game and the occasional corner 3-pointer. Interestingly, he has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for college legend Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville.
Posey, McCarty or both?
Most reports seem to suggest that either Posey or McCarty will be hired, but not both. However, if the information available at this point in time is accurate, a case can be made for the possibility of both ex-Celtics joining Stevens' coaching staff. Posey has the advantage of playing with Rajon Rondo, but McCarty has real coaching experience in one of the premier college programs in the country under the tutelage of Pitino, another former Celtics head coach. Both players then seem to have something of real value to offer the young Boston team.
If only one spot is available for the job, I would expect McCarty to win out over Posey, who simply doesn't have the experience that McCarty does. Regardless of who gets the position, though, both candidates are good choices for Stevens, who will add at least one player with a lengthy NBA resume and a high degree of respect in the Boston area to his staff in the near future.
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Justin Haskins is a New England native and a freelance journalist. He has been obsessively following Boston professional sports for 10 years and has been published in numerous online publications and websites.
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