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Who is the next coach in Boston? Maybe Shaw, Frank or McMillan. Not Antoine Walker.

Jun 24, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

Brian Shaw AP

Boston did well in getting compensation for Doc Rivers’s move — it was clear in the next year or two he was gone anyway (he wanted no part of the coming rebuild). Boston got a first round pick and a graceful exit from the situation. Well played. (Now look for them to trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, but not to the Clippers.)

So who steps into Rivers chair for the rebuild in Boston?

A few names have come up early on according to the Boston Globe, including a couple of the hottest names on the coaching market.

The pool of candidates is shallow at this point in the offseason, but league sources made early suggestions such as Brian Shaw, Lawrence Frank, and Nate McMillan, among others.

“I think they do have to go young, and Danny [Ainge] is going to want to look like a genius,” a league source said. “Brian Shaw is what I think they’d hire, but I don’t know. Danny might go outside the box a little.”

Shaw is in the running for the Denver Nuggets job as well, and had been one of the leading candidates for the Clippers job until the Rivers compensation was figured out. He’s one of the top assistants out there, having been on the bench next to Phil Jackson for years, then he spent the last two years as under Frank Vogel helping develop the Indiana Pacers.

But Shaw wanted to ideally land in a spot he could win now; the Celtics are a multi-year rebuilding project. That said, Shaw was drafted by the Celtics and may wish to return. The number of coaching vacancies out there is closing up.

Another name mentioned is Heat assistant David Fizdale, who is well respected around the league. There had been some Vinny Del Negro buzz, but I heard not to bet on that.

Then there was this tweet from former Celtics Antoine Walker.

Sure, the team would improve its shimmy… but no.

  1. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

  2. packhawk04 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Boston fans!!! I see you have an opening and im still broke! Kill two birds with one stone huh?-
    Antoine walker

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Did he do his little shake after that?

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    What happened to this so called Heat family that takes care of their players? Walker won a title in Miami & contributed, why don’t they get him a job in the “family”?

    • kinggw - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Because he was only there for two years and was never truly a part of the Heat family. The Heat have plenty of assistant coaches like Keith Askins, Bob McAdoo and even Ron Rothstein who was the first coach of the Heat, who have been affiliated with the Heat since the 90’s.

      Walker has deeper ties with the C’s, than he ever will with the Heat. Nice try.

      • hannsta - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        A fat, sarcastic Heat fan? You must be a real devil with the ladies.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    He added to his friends in the room, “I owe like a million to a casino in LV, I could really use the money”

  6. readysethike - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    please be Lionel Hollins. i think he would be a great fit for a younger celtics team

  7. giantssb42champs - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Patrick Kane.

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