COMMENTARY | Try to compose yourselves, Celtics Nation. There's a lot going on. Doc Rivers is gone. Paul Pierce might be leaving right behind him, either in a trade or in a buyout. And Kevin Garnett has already been pursued by the Brooklyn Nets.
At this point, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge needs to fill the bases: find a head coach, make the most lucrative decision with Pierce and/or Garnett, and draft the best player at No. 16 this Thursday, June 27.
As far as the coaching avenue looks, Brett Brown of the San Antonio Spurs seems to fit the bill. The longtime assistant who started as a successful 14-year coach in Australia, has sat beside Gregg Popovich since 2006. Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen said he thinks the Celtics will make a move to hire him as Rivers' successor.
Brown always seemed to hold an interest in upward mobility. Despite his 149 wins down under, he took a job with the Spurs' basketball operations department. He then returned to the outback for three years, before finally resettling with San Antonio in 2002 as director of Spurs player development. Since they named him an assistant coach, he and the Spurs haven't looked back.
Brown is an ideal candidate for many reasons. For one, he knows how to achieve success as a coach and as a player developer. That would pay huge dividends, especially with a team that almost assuredly will involve some rebuilding.
Additionally, he has worked with one of the greatest coaches of the modern NBA era, meaning he knows how to deal with egos. Rajon Rondo has certainly been pinpointed as one of the more difficult parts of the Celtics' roster through the years (he's even admitted it), and considering the floor general might very well be the focal point of Boston's new offense, a strong leader at head coach could be essential.
Brown, who also spent eight seasons with Australia's national team as an assistant before finally being named its head coach in 2009, has also received interest from the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the fact that he hails from Portland, Maine, and also played for Boston University during his college years could play a pivotal part in the Celtics' bargaining process.
The Celtics could also spry for former NBA head coaches like Lionel Hollins or George Karl. However, their high range of salary expectations more than likely leave them out of the question.
Unless Danny Ainge decides he wants to coach the Celtics himself, Brown might be the best possible option. Don't expect an official announcement until after Thursday, though-with the draft looming, he likely wants to approach things one step at a time.
Sloan Piva has lived in southern New England for 28 years and covers the Boston Celtics . He has been published in multiple websites, and has served as a contributor for various award-winning publications in his 10-year journalistic career. Follow him @SloanPiva.
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