Brad Stevens has once again confirmed that he is not leaving the Boston Celtics to be the new head coach of the Indiana University. Stevens, who has been the Celtics coach since 2013, received a coaching offer from the Indiana University but he insists his heart belongs to the Celtics.
"I said it the other day: I'm not (considering it)," Stevens said, per ESPN. "And I tried to say it as clearly as I could and also make sure that people understand that that place to me is special. Because I don't want to make it sound like it's not.
But, like I said the other day, I'm so grateful to this organization, and to the people here, and for all that they've done for us. I've got unbelievable leadership in Danny (Ainge) and Wyc (Grousbeck) and Pags (Steve Pagliuca), and what they've done for us, the way we've been supported ...
we're going through a tough season, and I think that it's not my job to not go through it. It's not my job to not make sure I'm doing everything I can to help find a better version of ourselves this year."
Stevens wants to lead the Celtics to an NBA Championship
The Celtics have a promising young core and Stevens is hoping to win an NBA title during his tenure with the team. "I love coming to work every day. I love this area," Stevens continued.
"People have been great to us. My family is so happy. And, at the same time, home is home. And that's why I wanted to make sure everybody understood that means a lot. But no. Just like I said on Tuesday, I'm not. So, I don't know if I will have to answer that again on Monday, but I hope that people understand that.
And people can hopefully appreciate that it still means a lot to me and I hope they hire whoever they hire and they are there for 20 years and kids feel like I did. But I'm not a kid anymore. I'm a 44-year-old Ma--hole.
I swerve around others when I'm driving, I eat Dunkin Donuts and I root for the Patriots. I'm, unfortunately, skewed in a lot of ways, I guess." The Celtics are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most NBA titles in NBA history.
"I'd say it's obviously an honor and a privilege to coach the Celtics, and we recognize that," Stevens said. "We've had a really enjoyable experience and there have been so many good days. I felt like we've gotten better, I felt like we've put ourselves in position to compete and hopefully we'll continue to do so.' '