After last season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens lost a top assistant when Ron Adams became part of Steve Kerr's staff in Golden State. There's a chance that Stevens could have another vacant seat on his bench in the offseason.
According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski George Mason University plans to try to lure Jay Larranaga from Stevens' coaching crew.
Larranaga's father, Jim, coached George Mason to an improbable Final Four appearance back in 2006:
Part of George Mason’s intrigue surrounding the Celtics assistant coach centers upon the potential of a next-generation Larranaga recharging a dormant fanbase and recruiting in the schoool’s Northern Virginia-Metropolitan Washington D.C. area
It will be interesting to see if Larranaga bites at the chance to become a college head coach, or if he tries to wait for an opening in the NBA. Patience may be his best option, with a number of coaching vacancies expected this summer. The 39-year old was in the running for the Celts coaching job, before Stevens was hired, and he was also a finalist for the Sixers gig a few years back.
Just watch one Celtics game, and you see Larranga's electric personality on the bench. He is usually the first one to greet the team after timeouts and at the end of the quarters. You can also expect a few solid in-game fist pumps on the sideline from the C's assistant, who seems to be liked by all in the organization.
If Larranga is to leave this summer, look for Stevens to promote another assistant, possibly fan-favorite Walter McCarty.
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