‘I Am Just as Baffled as You’: Kevin Garnett Is Puzzled About Boston Celtics’ Front Office Changes

Published 06/05/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is hugged by a teammate after making the winning basket late in the fourth quarter of their 111-110 win over the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics have been a well-run organization for years. Head coach Brad Stevens has been building a stable side for a long time. With players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Stevens has developed these players into world-beaters.

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Recently, the Boston Celtics parted with Danny Ainge, and Brad Stevens is the new president of basketball operations of Boston Celtics. Dan Patrick’s recent interview with Kevin Garnett was quite amusing, where Garnett revealed how he was astonished by this decision.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0), guard Jeff Teague (55), and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Stevens goes up into the boardroom

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Although Boston has kept Stevens in the front office, the franchise will be in a transitional stage with their new boss. Garnett gave his opinion on the issue.

“So Brad Stevens came in and built this system and this, I don’t wanna say pedigree, but he built this structure that the guys have believed in. If feel like, when you do that, the investment is there. Danny has been whispering and has been hinting at you know leaving it.

“This is all Danny Ainge and him thinking and thinking that Brad can do this, and it just remains to be seen. I am is just as baffled as you though,” said Garnett.

Danny Ainge was a successful coach leading them to the NBA title with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett. However, the appointment of Brad Stevens has raised eyebrows, as it will be a risk, considering he has no experience before. His credentials as a coach are exemplary, however, it remains to be seen whether he can grow into his role as the head guy.

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Under the tutelage of Stevens, Tatum has become an unbelievable player. He averaged 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game in the regular season. Likewise, he had seven 40 point games this season. With Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker, they have a talented group of players. Although there are no genuine leaders in the team, Brad Stevens will hope to sign experienced players to lead them for a championship run.

Stevens has an eye for talent as he has proved during his career with the Celtics. This might be a key reason for his appointment in the front office.

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The Boston Celtics have reached the playoffs regularly but seem to not improve on their targets. Even though Brad Stevens couldn’t win a title, his experience in recruitment analytics is commendable. Time will tell whether the move will be a bane or a boon.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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