The search for an Indiana basketball coach has involved a whole lot of folks speculating that Boston Celtics head coach and Hoosier State native Brad Stevens potentially coming home. Despite the fact that Stevens said earlier this week that he had no interest in replacing Archie Miller, rumors have circulated for days that he is the name that folks in Bloomington want more than any.
In response, Stevens has apparently decided to come out far more forcefully than he did earlier in the week. During his pregame press availability before the Celtics took on the Sacramento Kings, Stevens once again said he has no interest in leaving the NBA for the Big Ten.
Brad Stevens says again he is not considering the Indiana University job.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 19, 2021
Brad Stevens on whether he’s considering IU: “I’m not.”
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) March 19, 2021
Brad Stevens: "I love coming to work every day. I love this area. People have been great to us. My family is so happy."
He hopes people understand that he loves Indiana, but he is happy in Boston.
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) March 19, 2021
And then, in an attempt to show his Boston credibility, Stevens gave a quote that does seem to indicate he is not going anywhere any time soon.
Brad Stevens: “I’m not a kid any more. I’m a 44-year-old Masshole. I swerve , I eat Dunkin’ Donuts, and I root for the Patriots."
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) March 19, 2021
If I may editorialize for a moment, I never imagined that a person would be so eager to shoot down job rumors that they would say they eat food from Dunkin’ Donuts (no disrespect to Dunkin’) and root for the New England Patriots. But hey, it’s pretty evident that these rumors have bugged Stevens and he wanted to shoot this down as forcefully as possible. Plus as an added bonus, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has his back here.
It’s incredible Brad Stevens has to even spell this out for people. No one is leaving a head coaching job in the NBA for college anymore. Not the Celtics. Not the Kings. Not anyone, anywhere. Nobody is returning to college unless they’re no longer welcome to stay in pros.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 19, 2021