The NBA offseason has been full of unexpected and shocking developments already, but this one takes the cake.
The Celtics' official Twitter account, citing an official press release from the NBA, has the news:
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald has the details of Stevens' contract:
And, as CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb so eloquently put it, the Twittersphere—much like the gameday bucket—exploded:
This is a "holy-curse-word" moment, not because Stevens doesn't deserve an NBA job, but because everyone thought he was comfy at Butler after turning down several job offers and signing a gargantuan extension through the 2021-22 season.
ESPN's Tom Haberstroh noted those don't always mean everything:
Stevens, of course, quickly established himself as one of the elite head coaches in the college basketball ranks after leading Butler to a 166-49 (.772) record and unbelievable back-to-back national championship appearances.
Numbers Never Lie gives us this incredible stat:
His ability to rack up those massive wins came from his brilliant basketball mind, rather than high-profile recruits. And that made him a perfect fit for the NBA, according to Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel:
And if you're worried about him being 36, at least he'll have some friends his age in the NBA, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Of course, as ESPN and Grantland's Bill Simmons points out, it certainly can't be worse than the last time the Celtics hired a guy from the college ranks (ahem, Rick Pitino):
But just to be clear, Pitino and Stevens' similarities end there. The Celtics are in good hands with one of the most impressive young coaching gurus in the game.
On the college basketball side of things, CBS Sports' Matt Norlander is sad to see Stevens go:
Moreover, Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans jokes that this could have a snowball effect on VCU's Shaka Smart, who just became the hottest commodity in the collegiate ranks:
CBS Sports' Jameson Fleming doesn't exactly see it that way: