Grousbeck wanted to move on from Doc's 'old-school' methods

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Eyebrows were raised when a college coach, Brad Stevens, was hired by the Celtics to become the replacement for Doc Rivers.

Appearing on the Kirk & Callahan Show during Tuesday's Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offered some insight as to why his organization made such a move.

"We had a conversation and he said, ‘Doc is leaving, who do you want to hire?’ I said, ‘I don’t know to hire but I know the job specs. I’ve been thinking about this.’ We had an old-school, fantastic coach, but very old-school with certain rules that the starting five had to be the finishing five," Grousbeck said. "It’s sort of like playing baseball. There are a lot of old-school (things) that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense. We wouldn’t have won without Doc. We had a great nine years. But he moved on. I said, ‘I want to a young gun. I don’t want an NBA retread. I don’t want anyone who has been fired in the NBA. I’m not going to have a retread. We’re going to start fresh. Danny (Ainge), I want a mind that matches with yours and you guys can do creative things.’ He said, ‘Oh a partner in crime. Let’s have a college coach.’ Exactly. That’s the point. Let’s go for it. Let’s take a risk. He recommended Brad and we got to know Brad over a period of time and went to meet him in person and got him on the plane and brought him back to Boston."

Grousbeck went on to clarify his role in the decision-making process when it comes to team-building, while finishing off his call with a $100,000 donation to the Jimmy Fund.

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