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Brad Stevens on considering Indiana job: “I’m not”

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After hours of speculation, Brad Stevens reaffirms commitment to Celtics.

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It’s been a nervous few hours for Celtics fans. It started with a tweet from Dave Dameshek and other local speculation on social media that Brad Stevens was privately negotiating with Indiana University to be their next men’s basketball head coach. Archie Miller was dismissed earlier in the week. On Tuesday, Stevens appeared on 88.5 The SportsHub’s Zo & Bertrand to address some overtures of a return to his home state, but quickly denied that he was interested in the job.

Before tonight’s Kings-Celtics game, Stevens again definitely quashed any idea that he was leaving Boston for Bloomington. “I said this the other day,” Stevens said on the IU speculation. “I’m not. I tried to say it clearly as I could and make sure that people understand that place, to me, is special. Because I don’t want to make it sound like it’s not. But, like I said the other day, I’m so grateful to this organization, and to the people here, and for all that they’ve done for us.”

Stevens acknowledges that the 20-20 Celtics are going through a rough season, but he’s still committed to bringing a championship to Boston. “I love coming to work every day. I love this area. People have been great to us. My family is so happy,” Stevens said.

He went even further saying, “I’m not a kid anymore. I’m a 44-year-old Masshole. I swerve around others when I’m driving, I eat Dunkin’ Donuts, and I root for the Patriots.”