There was a reason Danny Ainge offered no hints about his first coaching search in 10 years. There was a reason he appeared at ease with the quest to replace Doc Rivers while Celtics faithful were busy combing through NBA coaching staffs for young assistants who might have stepped into this monumental role.
Ainge already had his candidate pegged, eyeing Brad Stevens as a response to losing Rivers. The only roadblock was luring Stevens from Butler and onto the NBA stage. In this case, the Celtics job meant volumes. It was an opportunity for Stevens to expand his bright basketball mind in the ultimate forum; he’d already taken the Bulldogs to consecutive NCAA title games with a group of mid-level prospects from a mid-major conference.