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Monday, July 29, 2013

Brad Stevens Continues To Surround Himself With Guys From The Butler University

The Celtics are not going to win that many games next season but the good news is that they promise to be way more interesting than they have a right to be. Boston head coach Brad Stevens continued to mine his Butler pipeline as news surfaced today that he hired his former guard Ronald Nored (who played on both Final Four squads) to a player development role with the C's and Maine Red Claws (their D-League team).

If you're scoring at home, Nored (who's 23) becomes the third Butler connection in Boston next season. Statistics guru Drew Cannon (Nick's younger brother?) and assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry (great name) were also brought over from the Hoosier State.

After a solid college career as a smart and tough overachiever in the Stevens mold, Nored spent last season as an assistant coach at South Alabama. To bring a guy this young and inexperienced (in the conventional way) to the NBA shows how much Brad must love him. Keep in mind this is a guy that he recruited then had play for him at Butler all four seasons. In short, he must know him inside and out.

All this makes me wonder if I should apply for some made up position with the C's. If only I had something that tied me to Butler then I'd be a shoe in. For real though, Boston's staff is sure to be the youngest in the NBA in 2013-2014 with Stevens, Cannon and Nored along with longtime NBA assistant Ron Adams and holdovers from Doc Rivers' staff last season in Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young.

UPDATE 8/2: The Celtics released Shavlik Randolph so now they have the regular season limit of 15 players on the roster.

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