The coach had been approached on the bench at Indiana University, his home state, but decided to stay in Boston. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the Hoosiers were ready to offer $ 70 million over 7 years to convince him, but it wasn’t enough.
He didn’t just resist the call of home Brad Stevens – who grew up, played and coached (in Butler) in Indiana – to stay on the bench of the Boston Celtics. In fact, there was also a lot of money on the table, which Indiana University was ready to offer to convince him to leave the NBA and lead one of the most prestigious universities in basketball, but for years in crisis of results.
The Hoosiers – writes ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski – had a $ 70 million super offer ready in seven years, about 3 more per season than Stevens earns at the Celtics after last year’s contract extension. Nothing to do though,the 45-year-old coach, in Boston since 2013, has decided to remain faithful to the green-and-white colors .
“I have great affinity with the state of Indiana and with the basketball that is played there – he said – but I am the coach of the Celtics and for me it is an extraordinary opportunity and a fantastic challenge every day, and for this I am extremely grateful. “.
After 3 Conference finals in the last 4 years the goal can only be that of the NBA Finals and the conquest of a ring that the Celtics have been missing since 2008. if after a difficult start Boston is in clear recovery(open streak of 6 wins and 4th place in the East). What is certain is that Stevens will continue to try. The University of Indiana will instead have to look for another coach to replace the fired Archie Miller.