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Celtics assistant to interview for Evansville coaching job

Walter McCarty has been a Celtics assistant since 2013.
Walter McCarty has been a Celtics assistant since 2013.barry chin/globe staff file

Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is scheduled to interview for the head coaching position at the University of Evansville on Wednesday, according to a college basketball source. The Purple Aces fired coach Marty Simmons last week.

McCarty, an Evansville native, has already completed a telephone interview with Evansville decision-makers, the source said. The school has completed interviews with former Indiana University star and NBA player Calbert Cheaney, and Valparaiso assistant coach David Ragland. Both Cheaney and Ragland are Evansville natives, too.

McCarty spent eight of his 10 NBA seasons playing for the Celtics. After stints as an assistant at Louisville and with the Indiana Pacers, he joined coach Brad Stevens’s staff in Boston in 2013. Last summer, McCarty was the head coach of the Celtics’ Las Vegas summer league team.

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Despite Stevens’s success in Boston, his coaching tree from here has yet to really sprout, as most of the coaching staff has remained intact. But McCarty could become the first member to be hired as a college head coach.

McCarty was considered for Boston College’s opening in 2014 before the school elected to hire Jim Christian.

Second opinion for Irving

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said point guard Kyrie Irving is expected to get a second opinion on his sore left knee and probably will not join the team on its upcoming four-game road trip. Irving on Tuesday missed his fourth consecutive game, as the Celtics faced the Thunder at TD Garden.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. I don’t want to say that one way or another. I mean, again, we’ve talked about it, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate in that we created a cushion early on in the year as far as playoffs and everything else, but this is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest somebody. He’s out because he’s got a sore knee.”

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Stevens said it is still possible Irving could join the team at some point on the four-game trip, which starts Friday in Portland, but at this point that does not seem likely. After the trip, Boston will have just seven games left in the regular season, so the time for Irving to regain his rhythm before the playoffs will soon be running short.

There have been multiple reports that Irving will eventually need to undergo a maintenance surgery related to his 2015 broken left kneecap, but Stevens said he has been given no indication that Irving will need a procedure during this season.

“That knee has been sore,” Stevens said. “But he worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season and I think he’s had some pretty good days recently, so I’m encouraged by it in the big picture.”

Smart is ‘doing well’

Marcus Smart claims he’s the best bowler on the Celtics, but the injured guard couldn’t show off his skills at Kings Dining & Entertainment Monday.

Smart, who recently had surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb, arrived at the new Seaport establishment cradling a heavily wrapped hand. Although he said he was disappointed that he couldn’t participate in the second Bowling Bash for his YounGameChanger Foundation, he also seemed encouraged.

“Hand is doing well,” he said. “The doctor said the surgery was a success.”

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“I’m taking it day by day. There’s really no timetable. I’m not trying to rush anything.

“As bad as I want to be out there, I know my teammates are going to play as hard as they can. I know they’re awaiting my return — whenever that is.

“I’m just going to attack this rehab process and try to come back as fast as possible.”


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach. Nicole Yang of the boston.com staff contributed to this report.