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The Boston Celtics may boast a new-look roster and a new head coach but that does not mean a fresh start will make the team lose sight of its traditions and history. According to a report from Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com, former Celtic Kenny Anderson revealed on Tuesday that head coach Brad Stevens sent letters to Celtics alumni encouraging them to stay connected with the franchise and inviting them to attend practices and games. The following is a sample of Stevens’ letter.
I am truly humbled and honored to assume the responsibilities of head coach of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics’ mystique, history, culture and tradition speaks for itself. There is nothing else like it in all of professional sports.
At the press conference announcing my hiring, I was in awe looking up at the 17 championship banners. I am first and foremost a fan and admirer of the Boston Celtics and what has been accomplished by each of you.
On behalf of the Boston Celtics management, staff and players, I write you to come around any time. Please know that you are cordially welcome to attend our practice sessions, home games at the TD Garden, games when we are on the road and Celtics events in our community.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future. Continued success and well wishes.
This is a tremendous gesture by Stevens. In what is going to be a rebuilding year, the Celtics could use people, who know what the tradition of Celtics basketball is all about, around the team. Especially for the younger players likeJared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk for example, it will be important for them to carry on the franchise’s proud roots into the future.
Brad Stevens seems to be pushing all the right buttons so far, and for a Celtics team that looks to find its identity, this is exactly what they need.