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WALTHAM — As much as he may resemble a stockbroker or college professor or perhaps the head of the Celtics’ legal team, Brad Stevens is their new coach, a fresh-faced, 36-year-old from Butler University in Indianapolis, ready to institute his progressive basketball ideas on the game’s highest level.
He has no NBA experience, having coached at Butler for 13 years — the last six as head coach — after playing at Division 3 DePauw University. His brilliance in leading Butler, from the little-known Horizon League, to the NCAA title game twice against titans Duke and UConn, was enough to convince Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to heavily pursue Stevens the moment Doc Rivers left for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Despite the Celtics’ failure that was the Rick Pitino Experience, Ainge said he had no hesitation handing the reins of the franchise, at such a crucial time, to Stevens — and he shouldn’t.