Boston Celtics considers bringing back ex-forward James Posey


james-posey-celticsThe Boston Celtics surprised everyone when they announced their next head coach would be Brad Stevens, the man who led Butler University to back-to-back NCAA championship games.

Many expected the team’s next coach to be a huge drop-off from Doc Rivers, who left to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

After grabbing one of the NCAA’s best coaches, this may not be the case.

There will surely be growing pains with Stevens, who has never coached in the NBA. At Butler, he never coached many NBA-caliber players, as it was never the type of place to attract high-level recruits. Players like Gordon Hayward have made it to the NBA from Butler and have had some success, but most Butler players were not flashy talents.

In a way, this makes what Brad Stevens even more special. Taking a mid-major to two consecutive championship games in a country filled with stacked teams is awfully impressive.

One of the concerns regarding Stevens is how he will command the respect of his players. In the event that this is a problem, having an ex-NBA player on his staff could prove to be extremely valuable.

This was never a worry for Doc Rivers, who had quite the reputation as a respected, tough NBA player. Although his success at Butler speaks for itself, it wouldn’t hurt Stevens to have a former NBA player on the sidelines.

According to a report, Stevens is considering bringing James Posey back to Boston as a member of his staff. Posey was on the Celtics when they won it all in 2008, and was loved by the fans during his only season in Boston.

He was a valuable piece off the bench who gave the Celtics wing depth as a strong 3-point shooter and quality perimeter defender.

Obviously, this Celtics team has changed quite a bit since then, and Rajon Rondo is the only player remaining. Regardless, Posey would certainly be an asset as a coach who could easily relate to the players. He knows how to win a championship, and was a big part of doing so in Boston.

Stevens is more than capable of coaching an NBA team. This being said, he could still use someone who has been around the league to help him transition.

Stevens is always looking to learn, and he could certainly benefit from having James Posey around. The players, and certainly the fans, would love it.

Posey played 12 seasons in the NBA, for Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Hornets and Indiana Pacers.

Posey averaged career high 13.7 ppg for Memphis as a starter in 2003-04 season. He played a total of 864 NBA games (479 started), holding career averages of 8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg in 26.9 minutes of playing time.

By Mark Evans
Yahoo! News

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