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University of Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga has become a big Celtics fan

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And he’s also the father of Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga.

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SYRACUSE, NY — In the bowels of the Carrier Dome, following a 20-point loss to the Syracuse Orange, University of Miami’s head basketball coach Jim Larrañaga stood outside of his locker room with a handful of reporters. The loss marked another bump in the road for a program that lost multiple NBA talents to the draft, had one of its stars ruled ineligible by the NCAA, and struggled to recruit this past off season.

Larrañaga nonetheless lit up when asked about his son’s team, the Boston Celtics.

“I have the NBA package,” he said. “I watch every NBA game I can, I watch every Celtic game I can.”

His son, Jay, is Brad Stevens’ assistant coach and has been with Boston since joining Doc Rivers’ staff in 2012 after coaching on Ukraine’s national team. He previously coached in Ireland and the G-League after a playing career that spanned across Sevilla, Madrid and Napoli in Europe. In college, he played for his father’s Bowling Green program.

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The jump from European coaching nearly transcended all the way to a NBA head coaching job in one year when Danny Ainge and Boston’s brass interviewed him for the position following their trade of Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. Ultimately, the team hired a college coach from Butler University named Stevens, and the rest is history.

Despite head coaching interest from Georgia Tech and George Mason, Larrañaga has remained on Boston’s sidelines and his father tries to watch every game.

Larrañaga rattled off his observations about Boston’s recent wins over the Cavaliers, Grizzlies, and then remembered the recent Raptors win, “Oh! That Toronto one was a fantastic game.”

“I think the expectations are so high for them going into the season,” he continued. “Sometimes, you’ve just got to give a team some time to gel. Cause they got some new parts, Kyrie came back, and Gordon Hayward came back and they were out a good while.”

One can only wonder if he’s for or against trading for Anthony Davis.

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