The Boston Celtics hired Walter McCarty on Thursday to be one of their assistant coaches.
This development was confirmed by the Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes, citing a league source. Holmes notes McCarty, who played for Boston from 1997 to 2005, should help new head coach Brad Stevens’ transition into the NBA.
In addition, McCarty should help point guard Rajon Rondo’s game as the Boston Globe previously reported the Celtics were seeking to hire someone “who can bond with Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust.” Both McCarty and Rondo are former Kentucky Wildcats.
McCarty will join fellow new Celtics assistants Ron Adams and Micah Shrewsberry on the Boston bench. Other assistants who are holdovers from the previous seasn are Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga.
Needless to say, McCarty should be excited about this opportunity, based on his statement about Stevens in a July interview with CSN New England’s Ian Thomsen.
“Obviously this guy knows basketball, and he does a really great job of getting the best of his players. I think if you’re rebuilding here and you’re bringing in young players, I don’t think there’s a better guy out there to bring in and help these players develop and be the best they can be.”
He brings a coaching resume from both the collegiate and professional ranks, where he worked with former Celtics coaches. He was Rick Pitino’s assistant with the Louisville Cardinals in 2007 before assisting former Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O’Brien in the 2010-11 NBA season.
McCarty, who averaged 5.2 points per game over a 10-year NBA career, was named the head coach of the ABA’s North Shore Tides, per CBS Boston.