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Celtics players praise hiring of Brad Stevens

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WINTER PARK, Fla. — Kelly Olynyk learned Wednesday when his plane landed in Orlando for summer league: Brad Stevens, 36, was going to become coach of the Celtics.

For Olynyk, the Celtics’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, it meant reuniting with a prodigy coach whose Butler Bulldogs handed the ex-Gonzaga 7-footer one of the more painful losses of his college career.

“I’m sure he’ll bring it up once or twice this year,” Olynyk said Saturday before his team held a summer league practice.

The loss came in January at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Gonzaga led by one with 3.5 seconds left. But Butler’s Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds pass and buried a floater at the buzzer. Butler 64, Gonzaga 63.

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