Former Celtics forward Walter McCarty will rejoin the team as an
assistant coach, a league source confirmed to the Globe Tuesday night.
With the addition of McCarty, a 6-foot-10-inch forward who played for the
Celtics from 1997 to 2005, to new head coach Brad Stevens’s staff,
Stevens, who has no NBA experience, gains the valuable perspective of
an ex-NBA player that should help ease Stevens’s transition into the
McCarty is also a product of the Kentucky Wildcats, as is Celtics
point guard Rajon Rondo. A league source had previously told the Globe
that the Celtics were looking to add a staff member “who can bond with
Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust.”
McCarty spent three seasons as an assistant coach to Louisville coach
Rick Pitino, a former Celtics president and coach who coached McCarty
at Kentucky. McCarty also served as an assistant under former Indiana
coach Jim O’Brien, who coached McCarty in Boston.
Like Stevens, McCarty hails from Indiana. A former first-round draft
pick of the New York Knicks in 1996, McCarty was traded to Boston in
1997. He averaged a career-best 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in his
first season with the Celtics in 1997-98, but he was mostly a role
player with the Celtics, known for his defense, occasional corner
3-pointers and overall hustle that endeared him to Celtics fans.
Stevens, a former star coach at Butler University who at 36 is now the
youngest coach in the NBA, appears to have his coaching staff with the
Celtics finalized. It includes Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young, who were
with the staff last season; Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsberry and McCarty,
all new hires.