DORCHESTER — Celtics president Danny Ainge could say nothing about the current NBA lockout or risk a $1 million fine but he could expound on the Celtics’ coaching staff, which will be dramatically different than last year.
With Lawrence Frank, Darren Erman, and big man coach Roy Rogers gone, Ainge said today that the club will not make any more additions to the staff, meaning just-promoted Mike Longabardi is likely to fill Frank’s role as defensive coordinator.
Ainge also said longtime scout Jamie Young will join the coaching staff. Frank left to become head coach of the Detroit Pistons and is expected to take Rogers with him. Erman left for a promotion with the Golden State Warriors.
“I think we’re done with our coaches,” said Ainge after helping present refurbished athletic facilities at the Dorchester Education Academy. “Mike’s been an assistant coach behind Lawrence, behind Tom Thibodeau, under Jeff Van Gundy for many years. He’s ready for a chance.”
When asked about the “defensive coordinator” role, Ainge said: “We may do it different. That’s a question to ask Doc [Rivers]. Mike has sort of been an assistant defensive coordinator up to this point. So it would be a natural progression for him. It may be tweaked around. (All our assistants) know our defense. Time will tell how Doc implements all their roles.”
In terms of a big man coach, Ainge said assistants Armond Hill and Kevin Eastman primarily will work with the big guys but former NBA guard Tyronn Lue also will help out.