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Monday, December 22, 2014

Boston Celtics fan Roddy White goes off on Brad Stevens hiring

Roddy WhiteRoddy White is never one to keep his feelings to himself, and that was no exception on Wednesday.

The Boston Celtics shocked everyone by announcing the hiring of former Butler coach Brad Stevens as their new head coach. Very few people debate Stevens’ credentials, but most were surprised by the move because it came out of nowhere, and because Stevens has turned down every college job he has been offered, including prestigious ones like the UCLA gig. Making the leap from college to the pros is not easy, but many believe that Stevens will do fine at the next level. One person who doesn’t think so is White.

The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver is a big Celtics fan. He frequently tweets about watching his C’s play and is clearly a big basketball fan. But he is NOT a fan of the Stevens hire. He made that evident in tweets sent on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s a sample:

When someone made a comparison of Stevens to Erik Spoelstra, who was 37 when hired to be the head coach of the Miami Heat, White pointed out that Spolestra inherited the best team in basketball, unlike the 36-year-old Stevens, who enters a rebuilding situation.

I think Stevens is a fantastic coach, but the Celtics will struggle under him. That’s not because he is bad as a coach, but because the C’s won’t have the talent necessary to win.



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