Celtics and Pacers bet on continuity on the bench

The Boston team renew Stevens, the fourth most successful coach on the TD Garden bench. For his part, McMillan will celebrate his fifth year at Indianapolis next season.


With the ticket to the playoffs taken with enormous sufficiency, the Boston Celtics announced this Wednesday the renewal of their coach Brad Stevens. The Zionsville-born coach will serve 8 years on the TD Garden bench next season. Club and technician reserve to make public the terms of the renewal, including the duration of the new contract.

Stevens, the 17th coach in the club's history and the oldest of them all, has managed to qualify his team so far in 6 of the 7 seasons he has led to the playoffs, two of them being first in the Eastern Conference. Only in the first season he coached, the Boston team were left out, after finishing 12th in the East.

The record of reaching six playoffs in a row did not occur at the TD Garden since it occurred between the 2007-2008 seasons through 2012-2013. However, Stevens continues to resist increasing the record of the team with the most rings under his belt, the Celtics add 17 ahead of the Lakers 16, although they do not know what it is to win a ring for 12 seasons .

Of the 563 games led by Stevens so far, the Celtics have 318 wins and 245 losses, the fourth-fastest coach behind Red Auerbach, Tom Heinsohn and Doc Rivers. "Brad is one of the smartest and most hard-working coaches today. His character and integration have contributed to building a club culture that we value very much. He is a great co-worker, we are very pleased to have him," acknowledged Danny Ainge, president of club basketball operations.

The Celtics are currently third in the Eastern Conference and whatever happens in the last games of the regular season they will finish in that position. With 48 victories and 23 defeats, the Celtics will end their career in the regular phase against the Wizards, who will say goodbye to the bubble against Stevens. The Sixers aim to be their rival in the first round of the playoffs.

McMillan will continue on the Pacers bench

The Indiana Pacers are also betting on continuity on their bench. Nate McMillan will continue to lead the Indianapolis club, in which he already has 4 seasons. In the same vein as the Celtics, for privacy reasons the terms of the renewal or the duration of the signed extension have not been made public.

The Raleigh coach is currently the fourth most successful coach in the club's history, having tallied 181 wins in 317 games, one more win would make him the third most successful coach, surpassing current Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle , lagging behind Frank Vogel's 250 wins and Larry Brown's 190 wins.

So far, the Pacers have made their playoff qualifications full with McMillan up front. With 43 wins and 28 losses, the Pacers will have to wait to play a game to see if they can qualify for fourth place in the East, currently held by the Heat, or in case of loss they will have to wait for what the Sixers do to determine if they have options to lose one place in the rankings.

After announcing the renewal, Kevin Pritchard, president of the club's basketball operations, praised the Raleigh figure: "Between injuries and personnel changes, his coaching staff has been able to adapt and obtain positive results. He represents the franchise in a great way. , the city and the state, "he analyzed.

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