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Former Celtic James Posey reportedly a candidate to join Brad Stevens’ coaching staff

Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Brad Stevens appears to be a solid head coaching hire to lead the rebuilding effort for the Boston Celtics, especially considering they gave him a six-year contract that should provide plenty of time for him, as well as the front office, to put their future plans in place.

We know Stevens can coach at the college level, but we don’t yet know if he’ll be able to make the transition to being able to relate to professional athletes. And being only 36 years of age might also work against him initially as he tries to get his point across.

It would make sense, then, for Stevens to add a formerly respected Celtics veteran to his staff as an assistant coach to help him learn the ropes.

From Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com:

Former Celtic James Posey among the candidates to fill out Brad Stevens’ staff in Boston, source told ESPN. Stevens likely to hire ex-player

Posey played 12 NBA seasons, and was a starter on the Miami Heat’s championship team in 2006. More importantly, his one season playing in Boston came as a key reserve on the 2008 championship squad.

Posey has very little experience coaching, although he was helping out the Cavaliers during Summer League in Las Vegas. But it won’t be about Xs and Os if he ends up getting a gig under Stevens. It’ll be about being a respected voice on the coaching staff, and helping to get his young head coach’s message through to the players on the roster.

  1. miamatt - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Posey. Haslem. Walker. Shaq. Mourning. Pretty nice frontcourt rotation Miami had in those days.

  2. philyeagles5 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Always liked this guy. Wasn’t the greatest but had enough talent to push a team over the hump for a title.

    • miamatt - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      The very definition of a “3&D” guy. Played with heart and gave his teams a lift with hustle plays.

  3. raiderinvader - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I’m also a candidate

  4. jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I’m all about this. Stevens would be wise to have a former pro, who has recently retired and understands today’s game. It’s even smarter to find a guy who won a title, won a title in Boston, knows how to work for minutes and be a great team player.

    The end to James Posey’s career bummed me out because the Celtics do not win that title without Posey’s contribution.

  5. louhudson23 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Posey was the key ingredient in the Celtics title run…He harassed,bumped,deflected,scrounged and generally made himself a pain in the ass…… and hit his open threes…..his harassment of Kobe was classic run and bump…with every whistle on the floor accompanied by physical contact…..hope he is able to make a place for himself on the sidelines….

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