Not long after the Celtics 2019 playoff run came to an end, new broke that Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry was leaving the organization to head back to Indiana to coach at Purdue. That was his home prior to joining the Celtics before the start of the 2013-14 season.
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When it comes to the Celtics future, Shrewsberry was important in developing Boston’s defense. Though, the 2018-19 iteration was never quite where it had been in the past, aside from the first five games of the playoffs.
Which brings things to the greater issue: why is Shrewsberry leaving?
The initial report indicates he’ll take on the role of associate head coach at Purdue, so it’s a step up from his previous tenure with the Boilermakers. But isn’t this a step back for Shrewsberry in the grand scheme of things? He’s an Indiana native and joining a team that’s usually in the NCAA Tournament mix (lost to Virginia in the Elite Eight this year), but this is also a guy who has been in consideration for head coaching jobs at other Division I schools.
There could certainly be legitimate reasons for him to return home to Indiana. It’d even make sense if he simply wanted to get back into the college game. What really jumps out in all of this: how quickly word got out.
This whole thing had to have been in the works for a while given that cat was out of the bag the same night the Celtics were eliminated by the Bucks. Based on that, Shrewsberry had to be leaving regardless of what happened in the postseason. No amount of winning could have kept him in Boston. Given all the drama that’s plagued this team throughout the year and the fact the defense was never quite where anyone felt it could be, maybe Shrewsberry felt his situation would never improve.
We’ve already heard how upset Terry Rozier was about the season — not that it was ever much of a secret — but the fact one of Brad Stevens’ right-hand men felt he needed a backup plan in place screams there are as many issues with this team as everyone speculated — if not more.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog