On Wednesday morning, news broke that Brad Stevens will be replacing Danny Ainge as the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. That move was made possible – in part – because of Ainge having Stevens’ back a few months ago.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, a “prominent member of the Celtics organization” wanted Stevens “fired immediately” at one point during the regular season. Ainge was “among those” who stepped in and prevented that from happening, Begley writes.
It’s unclear when the push to move on from Stevens took place. The Celtics fell a season-worst two games under .500 twice this year, on February 24 and March 31. They also suffered a four-game losing streak late in the season, which was centered around a sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat that forced them into the play-in tournament.
Stevens goes from being on the brink of being fired, to running the organization’s basketball side. If he didn’t have the support of “prominent members” of the franchise before, it certainly seems like he does now.
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