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Former Celtics player, assistant Walter McCarty placed on leave by Evansville amid Title IX investigation

Walter McCarty spent five years as an assistant to Brad Stevens before leaving to become the head coach at Evansville.
Walter McCarty spent five years as an assistant to Brad Stevens before leaving to become the head coach at Evansville.Andy Lyons/Getty Images/Getty Images

Former Celtics player and assistant coach Walter McCarty has been placed on administrative leave by Evansville University while it investigates possible improper conduct by the team’s second-year men’s basketball coach. In a letter to the university community, Evansville president Christopher Pietruszkiewicz addressed possible Title IX violations committed by McCarty.

“The University has received reports of unwelcome conduct by Coach McCarty since his arrival in March 2018. We have counseled him about his behavior. In the last two weeks, the University received a troubling report about Coach McCarty’s interactions with a member of the campus community. We have placed Coach McCarty on leave while that incident is being investigated. The University will make a fair and informed decision on Coach McCarty’s status based on the results of the investigation.”

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Pietruszkiewicz added that the school “will not tolerate any behavior from any university employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others.”

McCarty, who played for the Celtics from 1997-2005, was an assistant with the Celtics during coach Brad Stevens’s first five seasons before being hired by Evansville in March 2018. The Aces are 9-4 this season, including a road win against then-No. 1-ranked Kentucky, McCarty’s alma mater.

Brad Stevens has the Celtics, winners of their last five games, moving in the right direction.
Brad Stevens has the Celtics, winners of their last five games, moving in the right direction.Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff/Globe Staff

Smart back Saturday?

Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who has been sidelined for the last three weeks due to infections in both eyes, could return against the Raptors on Saturday night, Stevens said.

Stevens said Smart looked good during full-court scrimmaging Thursday and was expected to complete a vigorous workout Friday.

“It’s a matter of making sure that not only his cardio’s up, but also it probably wouldn’t be best to start playing again in a back-to-back,” Stevens said. “Two days in a row would be tough. He went really hard [Thursday] to see how he would respond. There was a thought that he could potentially play [Friday]. We think that it’s best to make sure that he’s ready to go full-go. He’ll get another good workout. He feels good. And we’ll see what he feels like [Saturday].”

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Stevens said Smart will be on a minutes restriction when he returns.

Enes Kanter pump fakes Tristan Thompson into the air before making the easy basket during the third quarter at TD Garden.
Enes Kanter pump fakes Tristan Thompson into the air before making the easy basket during the third quarter at TD Garden. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff/Globe Staff

Kanter productive

Enes Kanter’s streak of four consecutive games with 10 rebounds or more came to an end in Boston’s 129-117 win over the Cavaliers on Friday. But it was a productive night for him anyway, as he registered 14 points and 9 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive glass.

“It’s all about giving my teammates confidence,” Kanter said, “because when I’m out there with them I say, ‘Shoot it with confidence, because if you miss it, I’ll get every offensive rebound.’ When I’m out there with them, they should have confidence, because if they miss it, I’ve got them.”

More tests for Williams

Stevens said Robert Williams, who has missed the last nine games because of a bone edema in his left hip, is expected to undergo a new series of tests late next week.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach @globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.