Sorry, Indiana fans. Brad Stevens won’t be taking a trip to Assembly Hall anytime soon.
The Celtics coach addressed yet another round of IU-related rumors during Tuesday’s edition of 98.5 The Sportshub’s “Zolak And Bertrand” show. Stevens, an Indiana native who led Butler to multiple Final Four appearances before jumping to the NBA, saw his name thrown into the news cycle after the Hoosiers fired Archie Miller on Monday, but he wants to make it clear that he is not interested in a sudden career change.
When asked directly if he is planning to leave Boston and fill the void at Indiana, Stevens declared, “I am not.”
“Listen, that’s home. I get it,” Stevens said. “I appreciate all the nice sentiments. It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, and it’s certainly very kind.”
Stevens has been Indiana’s “white whale” for years now because of his obvious ties to the state, but dropping back down to the college level doesn’t make a ton of sense for him. The 44-year-old has an overall record of 602-338 with the Celtics, and he led Boston to Eastern Conference finals berths in 2017, 2018 and 2020. Boston also signed Stevens to a contract extension just a few months ago and praised the work he has done.
“Brad is one of the most intelligent and hard-working coaches in the game today,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in August. “More importantly, his character and integrity have contributed to a culture that we all highly value here. Brad is a great teammate, and a leader people want to follow.
“We are honored to have him with us as we continue to pursue our next championship.”
Whenever a prominent college coaching job opens up, Stevens is mentioned. Whenever Indiana is involved, the speculation about Stevens goes to another level.
Just keep in mind the rumors aren’t coming from him.