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Walter McCarty confirms to ESPN that he will join Brad Stevens staff and rejoin Boston Celtics as assistant coach.
McCarty began his playing career in 1996 after being selected in the first round (19th overall) by the New York Knicks. He spent the 1996-97 season with the team before being traded the following season in October of 1997 to the Celtics. The 1997-98 season was the best one of his career as he set highs in points per game (9.6), minutes played (28.5), rebounds per game (4.4), and assists per game (2.2). He enjoyed moderate success in Boston and was undoubtedly a fan favorite.
The party had to end in 2005 however, as he was traded on February 8 to the Phoenix Suns. He would spend the rest of the season in Phoenix before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in October of 2005 and ending his career there, playing in 36 games and averaging 2.4 points per game in the process.
This is a great hiring by the team. Not only will he bring experience to a youthful roster, he may bring interest and fans into the seats as the “mystique” of “Waltah” will return to the Garden once again. He understands what it means to play for the Celtics and the “Celtic Pride” that comes with it, and for a young team, “Celtic Pride” is an important asset that they must carry with them into the future.