Scott Morrison – Celtics coaching search: Scott Morrison interviews for position, impact of new openings around N(BA) on process
The Celtics search for a new head coach to replace Brad Stevens is now in full swing with a growing list of franchises around the N(BA) that are also looking to fill a vacancy on their bench after some movement on the coaching carousel over the weekend. A closer look at the latest developments in the Celtics’ coaching search along with how openings and developments around the league may factor into Boston’s search.
Interviews are already underway
According to a league source, Celtics assistant coach Scott Morrison was the latest candidate to interview for Boston’s head coach position on Monday morning, joining a pair of coaches on Stevens staff that are receiving consideration. Jerome Allen has also been interviewed and long-time assistant Jay Larranaga will be in the mix as well before the team starts the interview process with candidates from outside the organization.
(BA)FGVZNA2M2GF3PNV4U”>Morrison, 43, was the G-League Coach of the Year in 2015 with the Maine Red Claws and has been an assistant on Stevens’ bench since 2017. He’s also worked as an assistant coach with several Canadian national teams in the past decade. Allen, 48, played in the N(BA) and overseas for a combined 14 years and has been a Celtics assistant since 2015. He also has head coaching experience at Penn. Larranaga, 46, has been with the Celtics organization since 2012 and has been a candidate for numerous head coaching positions around the league during the past three years.
A long list of external names are expected to receive consideration for the position including former Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce, Lakers assistant Jason Kidd and Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka.
Movement around the league impacting Celtics?
Two new head coaching positions have opened in the past week in Portland and Orlando as those two teams parted ways respectively with Terry Stotts and Steve Clifford. Portland is a respected job around the league with an All-Star but the Celtics opening remains the most high sought after opening on the market according to league sources. Jason Kidd electing to pull himself out of consideration for the Blazers opening does not appear to be related to his candidacy in Boston.
The Magic opening will likely lead to the hiring of a coach with a player development focus as the franchise begins the start of a rebuilding period following the midseason trades of Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon.
Mark Cuban gave a vote of confidence to his head coach Rick Carlisle in a statement to ESPN on Sunday after Dallas was eliminated from the postseason by the LA Clippers in a hard fought seven-game series.
“Let me tell you how I look at coaching,” Cuban said. “You don’t make a change to make a change. Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side. … He isn’t going anywhere.”
The other potential head coaching opening across the N(BA) that could surface in the coming days remains in Indiana. First-year head coach Nate Bjorkgren has not received the full backing from the Pacers front office just yet after the Pacers struggled on the court and with internal turmoil
“Nate and I will have a long conversation over many days on what he needs to improve on,” team president Kevin Pritchard told Bob Kravitz of The Athletic last month. “He is our coach as of now, and I’ll have a fair discussion with him.”
The Athletic reported that Stotts could be a candidate for the Pacers job if Bjorkgren is let go. The Celtics have not been tied to Stotts as a potential candidate for the opening as of yet. The same is true for former Magic head coach Steve Clifford.