As part of ESPN.com's 5-on-5 about Doc Rivers' departure from Boston, panelists were asked who should be the next coach of the Celtics. A glimpse at their responses:
Foster: Kelvin Sampson. As an assistant to Celtics legend Kevin McHale in Houston, Sampson demonstrated the ability to embrace and advance an analytics-driven style of play. Boston now has the ability to be patient through the growing pains of a first-time NBA head coach, so taking a chance instead of hiring a retread would suit them.
Markazi: Brian Shaw. There will be some talk about Vinny Del Negro coaching his favorite team growing up or Lionel Hollins, whom Ainge is fond of, but Shaw would be the best fit. The former Celtic is a coach on the rise and will establish himself somewhere, and there's no better place for him to start than in Boston with the rebuilding Celtics, with whom expectations won't be out of control.
Robb: Short of Ainge making a surprise return to the bench, I wouldn't mind seeing Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale get a shot. His reputation as a strong communicator and developer of young players make him an ideal fit for a young, but talented, Celtics roster.
Shelburne: Why not Shaw? No less than Phil Jackson and Larry Bird endorsed him for the Clippers job. He has a track record of developing young talent in Indiana, which will be a huge part of the gig in Boston. Yes, Shaw has missed out on two jobs he was once the presumed front runner for -- Nets, Clippers -- but he's still a rising star in the industry.
Stein: Shaw? Former Celtic who could reach Rajon Rondo? That's my best guess at the minute. It would be an easier question to answer if we knew that the Celtics are intent on keeping Rondo, but we don't know that.
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One name we'd like to see included in the mix: Miami assistant David Fizdale. Forget plucking from a rival (until Boston is a contender again, that rivalry goes on the backburner), but Fizdale is a former college point guard and regarded as a master communicator (hop HERE for more on that). Sounds like shades of Rivers and, being young and unproven, his price tag wouldn't seem prohibitive for a rebuilding team.