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BOSTON—According to a tweet from Jeff Goodman, a basketball insider for ESPN.com, the Boston Celtics are interested in bringing back an old friend to add to Brad Stevens’ coaching staff. James Posey, who was a key contributor in helping the Celtics win the 2008 NBA title is among the candidates to fill out the rest of Boston’s coaching staff, and he is likely to be hired by the team. Goodman tweeted out the following earlier this evening.
Former Celtic James Posey among the candidates to fill out Brad Stevens' staff in Boston, source told ESPN. Stevens likely to hire ex-player
The Cleveland, Ohio native enjoyed a stellar 12-year career, winning a championship twice, once with the Miami Heat in 2006 and as mentioned, once with the Celtics in 2008. In addition, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2000 and prior to being drafted, won a Gold Medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York.
Posey would bring experience to a young and rebuilding Celtics team and coaching staff. As mentioned, he won two championships so he knows what it takes to get to that elite level. His knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the younger guys on the roster and his presence could be used as a sort of guiding tool for veteran Rajon Rondo, who was Posey’s teammate in 2008.
Rondo does not need guiding basketball-wise, but he may need guidance on how to truly become a leader and how to get the most out of his teammates, a role that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett filled masterfully through the first seven years of Rondo’s career.
If hired, Posey would be a tremendous asset, as the Celtics begin the trek towards returning to basketball prominence.