New Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he wanted to take his time assembling a staff, but stressed that he desired to hire one familiar assistant to help ease the transition process to the NBA. It appears he might be locked in on that person in former assistant Micah Shrewsberry.
From ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman:
Brad Stevens likely to add former Butler and current Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry to Boston Celtics staff, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 11, 2013
Shrewsberry, who served as an assistant at Butler from 2008-11, spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Purdue. Hop HERE to read Shrewsberry's bio courtesy via Purdue Athletics. It's worth noting that Shrewsberry, a former college point guard, is credited with helping develop point guards at both Butler and Purdue. Stevens met with All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo on Thursday in Louisville.
Earlier this week, Stevens talked about the process of filling out his staff, which will include assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young, two holdovers from the Doc Rivers regime.
"I think, obviously, having another couple of guys with NBA experience is a big, big deal," said Stevens. "Then, potentially, a person that is more familiar with me. And I think that is what I’m weighing and balancing, doing my research on right now. We’re going to get there, but again, I’m going to take my time. Because I think it’s more important to get it right than get it done quickly."
One other familiar face that Stevens will have in Boston is 23-year-old stats guru Drew Cannon, whom the team plans to assign a yet-to-be-determined role. Cannon sat next to Boston's front office brass earlier this week at the Orlando Summer League.