Twitter explosion/reaction to Brad Stevens-to-Celtics news
So many jokes. And a lot of information and perspective. See what everyone's saying about the shocking Brad Stevens hire by the Celtics.
How in the world did the Boston Celtics manage to hire one of college basketball's best coaches under the media's collective nose?
That's just Brad Stevens' way. And announcing the hire after 5 p.m. ET the day before a four-day holiday weekend is also quintessential Stevens. Understated and unexpected. Nobody saw this coming, evidenced by the orange-hot, lava-like reaction that came out on Twitter in the moments after the Celtics and Butler made the news official.
In times like these, it's good to cull reaction from so many corners and preserve them both for immediate entertaining/information but also for reference years down the road. Many think this is a good move for Stevens. Some might think it skeptical for Boston to take a chance on a 36-year-old head coach with zero NBA ties.
Here's the best of Twitter in the wake of the biggest college basketball headline of the offseason.
HOLY MY WORD WOW WHAT WHY DO THIS AT 5:40 PM ON JULY 3 ACCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK WOW JEEEEEEEZ— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) July 3, 2013
I'm only shocked by the timing. I've said for years Brad's next coaching job would be in the NBA.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 3, 2013
What a brilliant hire by the Celtics and brilliant career decision by Brad Stevens. Wow.— Dan Shanoff (@danshanoff) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens to Celtics Brad Steven to Celtics. Sorry, let me calm down. Brad Stevens to Celtics Brad Stevens to— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) July 3, 2013
This has to be the slowest sports news year in Boston ever— Greg Bishop (@nytbishop) July 3, 2013
+1 to Brad Stevens for trolling everyone by releasing the news after 5 on the eve of a holiday. #Celtics— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) July 3, 2013
Need a little time to digest Brad Stevens hire. Danny has gone waaaay out of the box, which is no surprise.— Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) July 3, 2013
Congrats to Brad Stevens & family. One heck of a coach. Wish him all the best.....— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) July 3, 2013
No joke, when I got "Celtics Hire Stevens" email from team, just figured it was some assistant GM or something named Stevens. ignored. wow.— Sean Gregory (@seanmgregory) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens was in the Big East longer than TCU.— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens is gone. The world didn't end, but it's gotta be close.— Victory Firelight (@ButlerVictory) July 3, 2013
Sophisticated X and O and little interest in recruiting muck, Brad Stevens was natural for NBA jump. Celtics smart to hire him. Class guy— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) July 3, 2013
OH MY SWEET JESUS. YOU RENDER ME SPEECHLESS, DANNY AINGE.— Nick Fasulo (@nickfasuloSBN) July 3, 2013
And college basketball loses one of its very best people and coaches, Brad Stevens, to the NBA. Wish he had stayed at the NCAA level.— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) July 3, 2013
what i applaud stevens for: not falling for the hustle of going to a “better” college job. maxed out in comfort, then made the BIG move.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) July 3, 2013
Seriously, there's zero downside here. Worst-case for Brad is it doesn't work out, he got paid a ton, and some college hires him instantly— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) July 3, 2013
Not fretting over Butler, but that program was A-OK before Stevens arrived and will be A-OK now that he's gone. It's Butler. @midmajority— Jerry Hinnen (@JerryHinnen) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens and Kevin Garnett were born the same year.— Michael Katz (@KatzM) July 3, 2013
The Celtics have hired Butler's Brad Stevens to replace Doc Rivers. (Just as everyone predicted.)— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens. I am speechless.— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerNBC) July 3, 2013
Last time the Celts hired a successful college coach, he kicked things off by stealing Red Auerbach's presidency. This can't go worse.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics. Interesting.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens is a great teacher of the game and this is what the Celtics needed. Huge loss for the Bulldogs and college basketball.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) July 3, 2013
First time since Jordan retired I'm intersted in the NBA again.— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) July 3, 2013
So Brad Stevens is now in charge in Egypt?— Jim Young (@ACCSports) July 3, 2013
Can't wait for the first Brad Stevens/Jason Kidd matchup. Also can't wait to see who has a more successful NBA career...— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) July 3, 2013
Initial rxn to Stevens/Celtics news is that it doesn't feel right. He's a college coach, molding young athletes. Not an ego manager.— Rush the Court (@rushthecourt) July 3, 2013
Celtics hire Butler's coach because, you know, they are now a mid-major— Harvey Araton (@HarveyAraton) July 3, 2013
Brad Stevens seems like a ridiculously smart guy. And I'm not sure how he would have recruited at a blue blood. Think NBA makes sense.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) July 3, 2013
As a Celtics fan who hasn't watched the NBA regularly in 10 years, this might actually entice me— Run the Floor (@RunTheFloor) July 3, 2013
It would be great if Stevens went full Pitino and brought in all his old players. Matt Howard, Ronald Nored, etc.— Thomas Beisner (@thomasbeisner) July 3, 2013
Now for the Sixers to hire Shaka Smart— Matt Brown (@MattBrownSoE) July 3, 2013
Who is gonna coach UNC and Duke now?— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 3, 2013
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