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Brad Stevens understands Indiana coaching rumors but has no plans to leave Celtics

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Sorry, Indiana fans. Brad Stevens won’t be going to Assembly Hall anytime soon.

The Celtics coach addressed another set of UI-related rumors during Tuesday’s edition of 98.5 The “Zolak et Bertrand” show from Sportshub. Stevens, an Indiana native who led Butler to several Final Four appearances before heading to the NBA, saw his name thrown in the news cycle after the Hoosiers fired Archie Miller Monday, but he is keen to make it clear that he is not interested in a sudden career change.

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When asked directly if he plans to leave Boston and fill the void in Indiana, Stevens said, “I’m not.”

“Look, it’s home. I understand,” Stevens said. “I appreciate all the good feelings. It sure doesn’t go unnoticed, and it sure is very sweet.”

Stevens was from Indiana “white whale” for years now because of his obvious ties to the state, but going back down to college level doesn’t make much sense to him. The 44-year-old has an overall record of 602-338 with the Celtics, and he led Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, 2018 and 2020. Boston too signed Stevens for a contract extension just a few months ago and praised the work he did.

“Brad is one of the smartest and hardest working coaches in the game today,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in August. “Most importantly, his character and integrity have contributed to a culture we all appreciate here. Brad is a great teammate and a leader people want to follow.

“We are honored to have him with us as we continue our next championship.”

Whenever a top college coaching job opens up, Stevens is mentioned. Whenever Indiana is involved, speculation about Stevens goes to another level.

Just keep in mind that the rumors don’t come from him.


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