Insider Details Indiana Hoosier Chase of Boston Celtics’ Coach Brad Stevens

Published 04/18/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
Sep 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and coaching staff members react during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches in the NBA right now. While he has had a tough season in Boston this year, he has taken the team to three of the last four Eastern Conference Finals. Whether one thinks that the Eastern Conference is easier, that is a tremendous feat for Stevens to have achieved with the relatively young team he has had.

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Grooming young talent has always been Brad Stevens’ specialty. His tenure as the head coach for Butler University proved it. He took the small Indiana college to an NCAA Tournament final, but it seems the biggest college from the area wanted him. The Indiana Hoosiers were looking at Stevens to be their new coach, and Adrian Wojnarowski has revealed the massive contract Stevens was offered.

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“Indiana was ready to offer him seven years, seventy million dollars. But he did not entertain him. Leaving the Boston Celtics for a college job just doesn’t make sense. He’s in the high 6-7 million range, anyway. They ended up hiring Knicks assistant Mike Woodson, but obviously not the same at that number.”

Brad Stevens: Did he make the right decision?

Brad Stevens made his way into the NBA after being the coach for Butler University and taking the small program to NCAA Tournament glory. While he would lose to UConn Huskies, led by his current point guard Kemba Walker, in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Finals, he made a big impact on Indiana sports.

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Dec 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts during the fourth quarter of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching the Boston Celtics is always going to be the better job. If Stevens was towards the end of his NBA career or struggling in the league, it still would have made sense for him to make the move. But he is still a young coach with a lot to prove in the NBA. He shouldn’t jump the gun and return to the NCAA.

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The Hoosiers would be the only job Stevens would take if he was leaving the NBA. It is his hometown team, and he is still beloved in the area for his heroics with Butler. Maybe he does coach the Hoosiers in the future.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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