When Jeff Fisher was fired by the Rams in December, the NFL world let out a crude-but-unanimous cheer. Many had viewed the head coach’s firing as an overdue inevitability, Sporting News included.
The Celtics were long considered the top Cheap Qld School Basketball Jerseys suitor for Hayward with his former Butler coach Brad Stevens now in Boston. But a late push from Miami executive Pat Riley muddled Hayward’s future in recent weeks.
Utah, which has the ability to offer Hayward by far the largest contract (a five-year deal worth an estimated $180 million), brought newly acquired point guard Ricky Rubio to a meeting with Hayward on Monday.
“That’s our fault man,” the player could be heard saying. “Y’all just lost the greatest thing next to this team. Y’all ain’t never play in front of a head coach like that.”
Hayward and Stevens have already proven they can lead a team deep into the postseason with a run to the NCAA championship game in 2010. Now the Celtics hope Hayward, who has averaged just under 16 points for his career, but was near 22 points per game last season, can help the Celtics overtake the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
“Coach Stevens was so great about it, all of it. He helped me lay out my options, and talked it through from both sides… but in the end, when I needed it, he also gave me my space. And he also let me know that it was my choice to make and that he would be there for me, on the other side of it, either way. And of course I ended up deciding to leave: I declared for the draft, and got drafted, and started my new NBA life in Utah. But it always meant a lot to me, to know how, in that moment, even with our lives at this strange crossroads together, Coach Stevens was someone I could Cheap Qld School NBA Jerseys count on.”