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Celtics players praise hiring of Brad Stevens

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Kelly Olynyk learned Wednesday when his plane landed in Orlando for summer league: Brad Stevens, 36, was going to become coach of the Celtics.

For Olynyk, the Celtics’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, it meant reuniting with a prodigy coach whose Butler Bulldogs handed the former Gonzaga 7-footer one of the more painful losses of his college career.

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