In not-so-breaking-news, Celtics coach Brad Stevens again said he won't be coaching in the NCAA Tournament anytime soon.
Stevens, who is a fun but unrealistic name to add to the list of potential candidates to fill the newly open position at Indiana University, shot down any possibility of returning to his home state while speaking to reporters before a Friday matchup against the Nets.
“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else,” Stevens, 40, said. “I’vemade pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit. And I’ll keep saying the same thing. I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction.”
For Stevens, an Indianapolis native who led Butler to consecutive national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011, this rebuffing of Indiana is becoming a sort of annual address.
In 2014:"I’ve committed to being here. I’ve already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing, and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I know it’s all specific to the rumor mills and the discussion of one spot. I think they’ve got a good coach (Tom Crean) who’s done a hell of a job (at Indiana). He doesn’t deserve that speculation.”
In 2015: "I don't put any stock into (the reports). Very rarely do people even ask me about it. Even when we went on those runs at Butler, with that winning and with those players playing as well as they did and with that attention, the thing to talk about after the season is where those coaches are going."
In 2020, I assume: "Jeez, guys, I've already turned down 72 college coaching offers, including Duke, UNC and Kansas, and even rejected becoming the chairman of the NCAA! I! Am! Not! Going! Back! To! College!"
But who knows? Maybe Indiana can land him.