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WALTHAM – Former Chicago Bulls lead assistant coach Ron Adams, widely considered one of the top assistants in the NBA, will be joining the Celtics in a similar role, a league source confirmed to the Globe Monday.
Adams has more than two decades of NBA experience, making him a valuable addition for Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has none.
In Chicago, Adams was the lead assistant to Tom Thibodeau, the former Celtics assistant coach and Adams’ longtime friend. But in a surprising move, the Bulls did not renew Adams’ contract this offseason.
In Boston, Adams joins a staff that includes assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young, who were with the Celtics last season, as well as Micah Shrewsberry, who was Stevens’ assistant at Butler University.