Brad Stevens denied an Adrian Wojnarowski report that Indiana University prepared a seven-year, $70 million offer for the Celtics coach last month as rumors swirled that Stevens could leave Boston amid turmoil for the vacated spot at his home town team. The offer would’ve placed Stevens at the top of the college coaching salary, but he said he never received before the Celtics played the Bulls Monday night.
“That’s news to me,” he said.
Stevens added that he owes it to the Celtics and their players to finish out a difficult year in the pandemic. If he’s not able to coach beyond that, he quipped, he’ll find something else to do.
Listen to Stevens below and this weekend’s Garden Reports, courtesy of CLNS Media.
Jabari Parker Celtics Introduction
Celtics Sign Jabari Parker - REACTION
The Celtics surprisingly signed 2014 No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker on Friday night after the Kings released him at the trade deadline. Moe Wagner got sent packing and Parker stepped right into Brad Stevens’ rotation on Saturday to score 11 points with 3 rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting. The Celtics beat the Warriors as Parker poured in two put backs and a fancy fadeaway shot. Will Parker have a significant role when the Celtics are healthy? The Garden Report debated.
Jayson Tatum vs Steph Curry - Who Played Better?
Star Point Guard and sharp-shooter Steph Curry was exchanging buckets with Celtics Star and Sharp shooter Jayson Tatum all game. In the end, Celtics beat the Warriors 119-114, as Tatum finished the night with a double-double (44 PTS and 10 REBS) while Curry scored 47 PTS with one less made shot, plus 7 REBS.
Tatum was finishing in the lane and drilling a crucial late three as part of a 16-of-25 shooting masterpiece. He hit shots through contact at the rim, attempted eight free throws and hit a fadeaway through double coverage in the corner before halftime trailing by 15 points to spark the comeback. Steph Curry, meanwhile, put on one of his most entertaining and unstoppable performances of the season with 11 three-pointers, including a long two and-one basket through Grant Williams that he shot with his left hand. Curry eventually got slowed by an ankle injury and the Celtics won the game, but he’s now averaging over 40 points per game in April. Who impressed you more? Curry or Tatum?
The Garden Report highlights both stars nights, the impact it had on their team, and if it brought the best out of Tatum. Plus, take a second to reflect on how much does Curry mean to the game?
Kemba Walker Leads Celtics Comeback vs Warriors
Kemba Walker scored 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting including a game-winning step back three with the Celtics ahead by two points and Jayson Tatum trapped. Kemba got his shot free, hit another and-one at the basket as part of his big finishing month while continuing to be a ball-mover and pace-pusher. Is Walker officially back? Is it still worth considering trading him in the offseason? The Garden Report debates Kemba’s value to Boston as he continues to improve and progress past his injury, playing 38 minutes in the win vs the Warriors.
Jayson Tatum Reacts to DEUCE at Celtics Game
Would Isaiah Thomas Have Been Better than Jabari Parker?