BOSTON (WISH) - Former Butler head coach Brad Stevens was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Boston Celtics during a news conference Friday morning.
Celtics president Danny Ainge introduced Stevens at 11 a.m. in Boston. Stevens sported a green tie at the press conference.
Stevens began by thanking the Celtics organization and saying he was "absolutely humbled" to be sitting in the Celtics practice court, surrounded by all the championship banners.
"I am so thrilled about this opportunity," Stevens remarked with a smile on his face.
Stevens announced Celtics officials flew to Indianapolis Wednesday to speak with Stevens about the opportunity.
Ainge noted he had his eye on Stevens since the 2010 National Championship Game, when Butler lost in a heartbreaker to Duke. Ainge said he turned to his assistant coach at the time and said, "that is the best coach in college basketball."
Ainge laughed because at the time, his assistant coach thought he was talking about Duke's Coach K.
Ainge said he chose Stevens for the job because he loved the way his teams play and loves his poise.
"More than anything, I just trusted him," Ainge said of Stevens's integrity. "A six year contract says it all." Ainge went on to say he did not even feel the need to do a background check on Stevens.
One of the reasons Stevens said he accepted the offer, after turning down offers from basketball powerhouses like UCLA, was because he saw a lot of similarities in what he tries to incorporate into his program at Butler, noting the great fans and traditions.
Stevens said he is excited about his transition to the NBA. Mostly, he says he is excited to meet the people and figure out what makes everyone tick.
"There is no bigger fan of Rajon Rondo than me," Stevens said of working with new players. "I have so much respect for how he sees the basketball court."
Stevens also said this opportunity is perfect for him and his family because he doesn't have to throw his Butler gear away. "I can wear it proud, and I will."
Stevens said he feels at home with the Celtics organization, but it was hard to say goodbye to Indianapolis and Butler.
"There were a lot of emotions," he said calmly. "It is hard because home is Indy. But we are not going to lose our passion for Indy or for Butler."
He went on to say this move opens up great doors for the next person Barry Collier chooses to lead the Butler team.
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